HOUSE BILL No. 4331

March 8, 2017, Introduced by Reps. Noble, Glenn, Barrett, Miller, Bellino, Theis, Kelly, VanderWall, Kahle and Howell and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

     A bill to amend 1846 RS 83, entitled

"Of marriage and the solemnization thereof,"

(MCL 551.1 to 551.18) by adding section 8.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

     Sec. 8. (1) A minister of the gospel, cleric, or religious

practitioner is not required to solemnize or recognize a marriage

that violates his or her conscience or religious beliefs. A

minister of the gospel, cleric, or religious practitioner is immune

from any civil claim or cause of action based on a refusal to

solemnize or recognize a marriage that violates his or her

conscience or religious beliefs.

     (2) As used in this section:

     (a) "Minister of the gospel, cleric, or religious

practitioner" includes an individual who is ordained by a religious

organization.


     (b) "Recognize" means to provide religious-based services that

are both of the following:

     (i) Delivered by a religious organization or by an individual

who is affiliated with, supervised, or directed by a religious

organization.

     (ii) Designed for a married couple or a couple engaged to

marry and directly related to solemnizing, celebrating,

strengthening, or promoting a marriage, such as religious

counseling programs, courses, retreats, workshops, and services

provided at a wedding chapel.

     (c) "Religious organization" means a church, seminary,

synagogue, temple, mosque, religious order, religious corporation,

association, or society whose identity is distinctive in terms of

common religious creed, beliefs, doctrines, practices, or rituals

of any faith or denomination, including a for-profit organization

and any organization qualifying as a church or religious

organization under section 501(c)(3) or 501(d) of the United States

internal revenue code of 1986.

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

after the date it is enacted into law.