Pastor Protection Act passed with push from local leaders

Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Rep. Scott Sanford (on left) support Gov. Greg Abbott on the Pastor Protection Act.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Rep. Scott Sanford (on left) support Gov. Greg Abbott on the Pastor Protection Act.

By Brian Bearden
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and State. Rep. Scott Sanford of McKinney (left) joined Gov. Greg Abbott (center) as he signed the Pastor Protection Act in Austin.

AG Ken Paxton (on left next to Pastor Scott Sanford) stated: “Texas took a small but important step to further protect the religious freedom of clergy in the face of increasing hostility toward people of faith in all walks of life. No Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or other religious leader should be forced to perform or recognize a marriage that contradicts his or her sincere religious belief.”

Pastor Scott Sanford is encouraged as Gov. Greg Abbott is about to sign the Pastor Protection Act.
Pastor Scott Sanford is encouraged as Gov. Greg Abbott is about to sign the Pastor Protection Act.

Gov. Greg Abbott said: “Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution. Religious leaders in the State of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts. Today I am proud to sign into law SB 2065 – the Pastor Protection Act – to ensure that clergy in Texas cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs.”

Pastor Protection Act signed

State Rep. Sanford said: “Thank you to Gov. Abbott for signing ‪#‎SB2065‬ this morning, and thank you to the pastors, grassroots organizations, and dedicated Texans who testified in committee hearings and made phone calls to your elected officials – your support made this bill possible. — with Ken Paxton.”

Photos courtesy of Scott Sanford.

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