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Bill Would Not Require Churches To Perform Marriages It doesn’t Agree With

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CHARLESTON (WOAY) – A bill being introduced in the House of Delegates would not require religious representatives or churches to perform a marriage if it does not conform to their beliefs.

House Bill 4010 would protect religious institutions not to conduct a marriage if they do not agree with it. It would also protect the church itself if the representative didn’t want to perform the marriage.

The bill would also protect any representative or religious organizations from civil or criminal liability for denying a marriage.

If passed the State of West Virginia would not penalize or withhold benefits to the church or pastor for denial.

You can read the full bill by clicking the link below:

Full Read Of House Bill 4010



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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