HB 279 (2013)

Passed on March 27 2013

AN ACT relating to construction of the law.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1.   A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 446 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

Government shall not substantially burden a person’s freedom of religion. The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief may not be substantially burdened unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest. A “burden” shall include indirect burdens such as withholding benefits, assessing penalties, or an exclusion from programs or access to facilities.

Kentucky gov removes names of county clerks from marriage licenses, Associated Press

Betrays our Constitution. Why should a gov encourage govt employees to put their personal faith ahead of the multi-faith people they serve??

Kentucky governor tells clerk to issue gay-marriage licenses or resign , Tribune Wire Reports

No govt actor can discriminate based on their faith. Whichever group is behind this clerk’s behavior come forward and take responsibility for ignoring the Establishment Clause and wasting taxpayer funds and time

Caitlin Macneal, Kentucky Governor & County Clerk In Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage, Talking Points Memo

Federal Constitution requires him to be fired.

Zack Ford, Court Says ‘Religious Freedom’ Gives T-Shirt Company The Right To Discriminate Against LGBT Group, Think Progress

Something the First Amendment never would do

Restore the Constitution to religious liberty

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC ORPHAN SOCIETY, ET AL. V. HONORABLE BRIAN C. EDWARDS, JUDGE, JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT AND ST. JOSEPH HOME ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, ET AL.

Bad and wrong court decision for children. Great for institutions.

Ky. legislature overrides ‘religious freedom’ veto

Ky. legislature overrides ‘religious freedom’ veto – USA Today Tom Loftus, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal 10:57 p.m. EDT March 26, 2013 FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky legislature voted Tuesday night to override the governor’s veto of a controversial “religious freedom” bill. The House’s 79-15 vote sent House Bill 279 to the Senate, which voted 32-6 […]