“Pastor Protection” bill now state law

Florida Federal Judge Issues Ruling Allowing Gay Marriages Across The State

A controversial bill that shields clergy members who refuse to perform gay marriages is now law.

The so-called “Pastor Protection Act” was one of more than two dozen bills Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Thursday.

Rep. Scott Plakon, the House sponsor, said this month the proposal offered protections to clergy who have concerns about gay marriage. The law protects clergy, churches and religious organizations and their employees from civil action for refusing to perform gay marriages.

Plakon has said he began drafting the bill before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. He has said much of the bill comes from a similar Texas law.

Plakon said he worked with officials from Equality Florida to clarify who is covered by the bill. The organization did not support the measure, but withdrew its opposition and took a neutral position after those changes were made.

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster


  • Davelcac

    March 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Does this protect notaries too?

  • A Concerned Adult

    March 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This only opens up a can of worms. What next will be legally discriminated against & by whom? We’re headed back to segregation.

  • roy

    March 16, 2016 at 10:24 am

    i am against gay marriages as marriage is/has/and should be between a man and a woman now i have friends that are gay i do not approve of it yet i respect their decisions and it is they who will have to answer for their sins but at the same time man’s law should not force me as a person or any person of clergy to participate in something we personally are against

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn