Florida Senate - 2016 SB 110 By Senator Bean 4-00072-16 2016110__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to churches or religious 3 organizations; creating s. 761.061, F.S.; providing 4 that churches or religious organizations, related 5 organizations, or certain individuals may not be 6 required to solemnize any marriage or provide 7 services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or 8 privileges for related purposes if such action would 9 violate a sincerely held religious belief; prohibiting 10 certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental 11 sanctions against such individuals or entities; 12 providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 761.061, Florida Statutes, is created to 17 read: 18 761.061 Rights of certain churches or religious 19 organizations or individuals.— 20 (1) A church or religious organization, an organization 21 supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or 22 religious organization, an individual employed by a church or 23 religious organization while acting in the scope of that 24 employment, or a clergy member or minister may not be required 25 to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, 26 facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the 27 solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage if such 28 an action would cause the church, organization, or individual to 29 violate a sincerely held religious belief of the entity or 30 individual. 31 (2) A refusal to solemnize any marriage or provide 32 services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges under 33 subsection (1) may not serve as the basis for a civil or 34 criminal cause of action or any other action by this state or a 35 political subdivision of this state to penalize or withhold 36 benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental 37 contracts, grants, or licenses, from any entity or individual 38 protected under subsection (1). 39 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.