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Pastor Protection Act: Florida Law 761.061
HB 43 - Churches or Religious Organizations / SB 110 - Churches or Religious Organizations


By Reps. Plakon, Cortes, B., and others (SB 110 by Senators Bean, Gaetz, and Hutson)
This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.


Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)


This bill has been referred to as the “Pastor Protection Act.” It provides that certain individuals and entities may not be required to solemnize a marriage or provide marriage-related goods, services, or accommodations if doing so would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. Protected individuals and entities include:

  • A church;

  • A religious organization;

  • A religious corporation or association;

  • A religious fraternal benefit society;

  • A religious school or educational institution;

  • An integrated auxiliary of a church;

  • An individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting within the scope of that employment;

  • A clergy member; or

  • A minister.


A refusal by any listed individual or entity to solemnize a marriage or provide marriage-related services, goods, or accommodations may not serve as the basis for a civil cause of action. Additionally, the refusal may not serve as the basis for the state or its political subdivisions to impose penalties or withhold any benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses.

Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Last Event: Chapter No. 2016-50 on Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:40 PM

Vote: Senate 23-15; House 82-37

Adoption of Florida State Law 761.061

We are an approved premarital preparation course provider in all 67 Florida counties.

Note: Counties identify approved providers under either the instructor's name and/or in the company name- we are registered with our instructors' names Rev. Luis A. Fernandez, Ordained & Certified Minister, and/or as I AM Ministries International Inc.

By using this website and using the resources found on this site you hereby understand and agree that this Course, organization, and its affiliates are protected by the "Pastor's Protection Act". You agree to waive all rights to press charges or bring upon our organization and its affiliated any accusations of wrongdoing according to this Law. 



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