SALT LAKE CITY – A lawmaker in Utah has proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect churches in the state from being forced to perform same-sex ‘weddings.’
Republican Representative Jacob Anderegg told reporters this past week that he constructed the amendment in light of increasing court rulings that interpret the equal protection clause of 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as trumping the 10th Amendment, which protects states’ rights.
“Like [hockey star] Wayne Gretzky said, ‘A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be,’ ” he told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I think this is where the law is going and want to put some extra protection in place.”
“No religious organization, association, or society, and no individual acting in a role connected with a religious organization, association, or society, may be required or compelled to solemnize, officiate in, or recognize a marriage or religious rite of marriage in violation of their right of conscience or their free exercise of religion,” the proposed amendment states.
Anderegg says that he began working on amendment the day before same-sex “marriage” was legalized in the state, and a few days following a court ruling that legalized polygamist cohabitation.