Proposed legislation filed to allow clergy to not perform gay marriage in Kentucky

07/06/2015 07:00 PM

FLORENCE – A northern Kentucky legislator has pre-filed a bill which would make it clear that clergy who object to same-sex marriage for religious reasons would not be forced to perform such services.

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, filed the bill which she says is related to the exercise of religious freedom in the solemnization of marriage.

“Since last week’s Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage, I have had numerous calls and conversations with pastors and clergy serving various faith communities expressing their concerns on how this ruling would impact their ability to practice their faith and deeply held doctrinal traditions in solemnizing marriages and matrimonial celebrations”, Wuchner said.

Wuchner said that the bill is geared to solely protect clergy and does not include county clerks, some of which have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

“This bill basically reiterates that they have the right as pastors or ministers of the gospel, as the law currently reads, to exercise that right in religious freedom in exercising the solemnization of marriages between marriages of couples of the same-sex biologically,” Wuchner said. “This would not pertain to the clerks.”


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