Pending Religion Bill
View Bill Text as PDF: South-Dakota-Religion-Bill-SB66
Senate Bill 66
State of South Dakota
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2014
SENATE BILL NO. 66
Introduced by: Senators Otten (Ernie), Begalka, Ewing, Holien, Jensen, Krebs, Lederman,
Maher, Monroe, Omdahl, Rampelberg, Rave, Rhoden, and Van Gerpen and
Representatives Hickey, Bolin, Campbell, Craig, Kaiser, Kopp, Latterell,
Nelson, Olson (Betty), Otten (Herman), Russell, Stalzer, Steele, and Verchio
1 FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide immunity to clergy, lay officials, and religious
2 organizations that decline to provide certain marriage services.
3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
4 Section 1. This Act is intended and shall be construed to further the compelling
5 governmental interest of protecting the free exercise of religion.
6 Section 2. Nothing in this Act is intended to burden any person’s or religious organization’s
7 freedom of religion including the right of an individual or entity to deny services if providing
8 those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity’s sincerely held religious
9 beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience.
10 Section 3. No member of the clergy nor lay official of any church or religion may be
11 required to solemnize any marriage, provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or
12 privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage,
13 or treat any marriage as valid for any purpose if such action would cause any such entity or
14 individual to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
170 copies were printed on recycled paper by the South Dakota
Legislative Research Council at a cost of $.098 per page. v Insertions into existing statutes are indicated by underscores.
Deletions from existing statutes are indicated by overstrikes.
1 Section 4. No refusal to provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges
2 protected by this Act gives rise to a civil or criminal claim or cause of action or any action by
3 the state or any of its political subdivisions to penalize or withhold benefits or privileges,
4 including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses, from any protected
5 organization or individual.