- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a bill that provides legal protection for clergy who refuse to perform same-sex marriages (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

A hearing on a bill that protects clergy when they refuse to perform same-sex marriages has been rescheduled.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on HB 236 at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

The bill, sponsored by Healy Republican Rep. Dave Talerico, exempts clergy who perform marriage ceremonies from civil or criminal liability for refusing to perform them for same-sex couples. It also prohibits punishment of people who are legally capable of solemnizing marriages for refusing facilities, goods or services to same-sex couples.



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11 a.m.

A House Judiciary committee will hear testimony Wednesday afternoon on a bill that protects religious officials and others who refuse to perform same sex marriages.

The bill is sponsored by Healy Republican Rep. Dave Talerico and mirrors one making its way through the Senate. It exempts people who perform marriage ceremonies from civil or criminal liability for refusing to perform them for same-sex couples. It also prohibits the state or municipalities from penalizing a person who is legally capable of solemnizing a marriage who refuses facilities, goods or services to same-sex couples.

Same-sex marriage has prompted many states to consider protections for religious officials and those who can perform marriages. At least 22 states currently have proposals to address marriage solemnization and religious exemptions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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