Rep. Brumbaugh's HB 1007 Marriage And Religious Freedom Bill Signed Into Law
Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 1007 into law on May 1, 2015 by protecting pastors and religious officials who refuse to solemnize, recognize, or provide services for marriages that violate their religious beliefs. “It is considered landmark legislation in protecting religious freedom and liberty and the only such bill signed into law in 2015,” Rep. Brumbaugh explained. “This bill precludes pastors or religious officials from violating their conscience or religious beliefs to solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates their beliefs. With 66 lawsuits nationwide, pastors are rightfully concerned about civil claims or causes of action for public accommodation. Many people of various faiths believe that marriage is a divinely appointed institution, and their faiths simply prohibit them from participating in same-sex wedding ceremonies. This is not bigotry nor hatred. Our goal is not to discriminate, but to protect those clergy whose conscious compels them to stand firm in the deeply held tenets of their faith. I am very grateful for my colleagues in both the House and Senate for approving this measure.”
This is one of the most important bills of the legislative session. Brumbaugh has authored or co-authored over two dozen bills that have been signed into law. One thing I’ve learned in state government is that when you take from one agency and give to another, it produces a dependence on those funds from other agencies who should be doing their jobs . . . and doesn’t encourage responsibility or achieve results . . . something to think about.
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