AUSTIN, Texas (BNG, TAB) — The Texas Senate gave final approval yesterday to legislation protecting clergy from being forced to participate in same-sex “marriage” ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs. The bill, supported by the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, now goes before the more moderate Texas House of Representatives. Republican senators insisted the bill would protect only clergy and houses of worship that refuse to marry same-sex couples. Democrats described the bill as vaguely worded and argued it could be used to expand discrimination against gay and lesbian Texans.
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