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Religious freedom supersedes right to same-sex marriage

Legislative Summary: An Act relating to religious freedom: No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage--or be subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth--solely on account of such person's sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.

Excerpts from Veto Message: Although couched as a "religious freedom" bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize. Any legitimate protections afforded by SB41 are duplicative of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Any additional protections are styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint--that marriage can only validly exist between a man & a woman--over all other viewpoints. It equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

Legislative Outcome:: Rep. Taylor voted YEA; passed Senate, 20-19-1, Feb. 12; passed House, 59-38-3, March 9; vetoed, March 30

Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB41 , Mar 9, 2016

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