Well this is stupid. State House Speaker David Ralston wants to make really, REALLY sure that religious clerics (specifically Christian “pastors”) won’t be “forced” to marry anyone.
Ralston proposed the so-called “Pastor Protection Act” at a Republican retreat on Jekyll Island this weekend.
A spokesman for Ralston tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the bill would be narrowly crafted to ensure that clergy member would never be required by the government to perform a wedding that doesn’t match their religious beliefs.
GOP lawmakers in other states are considering similar legislation, in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.
If this bill is passed, Georgia will join Texas in having such a law, despite no case of a couple forcing a pastor to marry them ever happening since Massachusetts gained marriage equality in 2003. North Carolina also has a law allowing sitting magistrates and judges to refuse to marry couples violating their religious ideologies.