TEXAS — Senate Bill 2065, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, was signed by Governor Abbott Tuesday.
The bill, written by Senator Craig Estes, “protects houses of worship, religious organizations and their employees and clergy or ministers, from being required to participate in a marriage or celebration or a marriage if it would violate a sincerely held religious belief.”
“I am very proud that Senator Craig Estes and Senate members passed SB 2065 today,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. “SB 2065 protects our churches and pastors from participating in any part of a marriage that is against their beliefs.”
“Religious leaders should never be compelled to provide any kind of service that separates them from the fundamental principles of their faith,” concluded Patrick. “This bill is about protecting religious freedom across the state.”