Since the Supreme Court struck down gay-marriage bans, same-sex couples across the country threatened and enacted lawsuits, attempting to bully Christians into kowtowing to immoral marriages. But in Florida, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, created a bill to protect clergy members from performing ceremonies that violate religious beliefs. “Theoretically, religious beliefs should be protected,” Plakon says. “But we think it’s a good idea to further clarify Florida statutory law. The more clarity, the better.” Plakon looks to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s response to Obergefelle v. Hodges as the basis for his bill.

“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned,” Kennedy writes. If passed, Plakon’s House Bill 43 would prohibit legal action against pastors or churches who refused to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. At a committee meeting this week, “Everyone there, including LGBT groups, agreed pastors should be able to not perform ceremonies like that, but they disagree should be put in law” Plakon says. CONTINUE