Here we go again. This is HB 2481 which basically would protect clergy and judges from performing marriages that are against their religious beliefs.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
religious beliefs; solemnization of marriages
Sponsors: Representatives Montenegro, Allen, Barton, et al.
X Committee on Government
Caucus and COW
HB 2481 prohibits government from requiring a minister to solemnize a marriage that is
inconsistent with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 41-1442 deems discrimination in places of public
accommodation against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or
ancestry unlawful. However, it is not an unlawful practice for a person to fail to provide service
at a place of public accommodation if by providing the service the person would violate a state
or federal law or a rule that is adopted by a state or federal board, commission or agency that has
Arizona’s free exercise of religion statutes were established by Laws 1999, Chapter 332. Free
exercise of religion is a fundamental right that applies in this state even if laws, rules or other
government actions are neutral. The government shall not substantially burden a person's
exercise of religion unless it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is both: a)
in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; b) the least restrictive means of furthering
that compelling governmental interest (A.R.S. § 41-1443.01).
• Prohibits government from requiring a minister to solemnize a marriage that is inconsistent
with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
• Specifies that a church is not required to ecumenically recognize, facilitate or solemnize a
marriage that is inconsistent with the sincerely held religious belief, doctrine or tenet of the
• Defines church as a religious assembly or institution but specifies that it does not include a
hospital, hotel, restaurant, retail or service business or any other traditional place of
• Defines minister as an individual who is authorized to solemnize a marriage pursuant to
• Cited as “Arizona’s First Freedom Act”.
• Contains a severability clause.
• Makes technical and conforming changes.