SB 522

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
Family Values
Local Government

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Brian Birdwell
Charles Perry

Bill Caption

Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, only certain individuals have the authority to legally administer a marriage. SB 522 would expand this authority to officially designated “certifying officials.” This bill would do so specifically to enable county clerks who are unwilling to perform a marriage ceremony for religious reasons to delegate the authority to a willing certifying official. This would not apply in cases where the objection is based on race, religion, or nationality.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports the principles of individual liberty and limited government by protecting the religious freedom of county clerks who conscientiously object to performing certain marriages. For this reason, we support SB 522.