Religious Exemptions Relating to Same-Sex Marriages

  • Oklahoma – deleting issuance of marriage licenses; providing for marriage certificates and affidavits of common law marriage (H.B. 1125)
  • South Carolina – No person employed by a judge of probate or clerk of court shall be required to take any action related to the issuance of a marriage license to a same sex couple if the objection to taking such action is based upon a sincerely held religious belief, to provide that there will be no liability for damages arising from such refusal, to prohibit dismissal, suspension, demotion, discipline or discrimination by the judge of probate or the clerk of court against the employee for such refusal, an to provide for a civil action for damages or reinstatement of employment, or both, where employment has been altered or terminated in violation of section. (S.116)
  • Virginia – Amends State Constitution; Provides that a person shall not be required to perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action or refrain from performing, assisting, consenting to, or participating in any action as a condition of obtaining or renewing a government-issued license, registration, or certificate where such condition would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex marriage or homosexual behavior (H.B. 1414)
  • Wyoming – religious officials shall not be required to perform a marriage ceremony (H.B. 0026)