Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 110 Ì401070fÎ401070 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: UNFAV . 02/17/2016 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Rules (Soto) recommended the following: 1 Senate Substitute for Amendment (116098) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Delete everything after the enacting clause 5 and insert: 6 Section 1. Section 761.061, Florida Statutes, is created to 7 read: 8 761.061 Rights of certain churches or religious 9 organizations or individuals.— 10 (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “religious 11 organization” means any religious corporation, association, 12 educational institution, or society that limits opportunities in 13 the area of employment or public accommodation to members of 14 that religious corporation, association, educational 15 institution, or society, or to persons who subscribe to its 16 tenets or beliefs. 17 (2) A church or religious organization, an individual 18 employed by a church or religious organization while acting 19 within the scope of that employment, a clergy member or 20 minister, or an individual providing a ministerial function may 21 not be required to solemnize any marriage. 22 (3) A church or religious organization, an individual 23 employed by a church or religious organization while acting 24 within the scope of that employment, a clergy member or 25 minister, or an individual providing a ministerial function may 26 not be required to provide services, accommodations, facilities, 27 goods, or privileges outside the meaning of s. 760.02(11) for a 28 purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration 29 of any marriage if such an action would cause the church or 30 religious organization, an individual employed by such an 31 organization within the scope of that employment, a clergy 32 member or minister acting within the scope of services or 33 activities provided by such an organization, or an individual 34 providing a ministerial function within the scope of services or 35 activities provided by such an organization to violate a 36 sincerely held religious belief of the entity or individual. 37 (4) The terms “services,” “accommodations,” “facilities,” 38 “goods,” or “privileges” as described in subsection (3) may not 39 be interpreted to mean solemnization of marriage. 40 (5) A refusal to solemnize any marriage or provide 41 services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges under 42 subsection (2) or subsection (3) may not serve as the basis for 43 a civil cause of action by a private person or entity or a civil 44 or criminal cause of action or any other action by this state or 45 a political subdivision of this state to penalize or withhold 46 benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental 47 contracts, grants, or licenses, from any entity or individual 48 protected under subsection (2) or subsection (3). 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016. 50 51 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 52 And the title is amended as follows: 53 Delete everything before the enacting clause 54 and insert: 55 A bill to be entitled 56 An act relating to churches or religious 57 organizations; creating s. 761.061, F.S.; defining the 58 term “religious organization”; providing that churches 59 or religious organizations, related organizations, or 60 certain individuals may not be required to solemnize 61 any marriage or provide services, accommodations, 62 facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes 63 if such action would violate a sincerely held 64 religious belief; providing that certain terms do not 65 include solemnization of marriage; prohibiting certain 66 legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions 67 against such individuals or entities; providing an 68 effective date.