Thursday, June 11

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Thursday that allows clergy members to refuse to conduct gay marriages

Gov. Greg Abbott, who signed a bill Thursday that allows clergy members to refuse to conduct marriages that violate their beliefs, said that "pastors now have the freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights."
The signing ceremony for the so-called Pastor Protection Act, which goes into effect Sept. 1, was held outside the Governor's Mansion. Abbott was surrounded by about two dozen clergy members at a news conference discussing the law. Others attending the signing ceremony included Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, who authored the bill.

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