Religious Liberty

In June of 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states was a blow to the heart of our system of representative democracy. If you recall, in 2005, more than 3/4 of Texas voters approved a state constitutional amendment which defined a marriage as being between one man and one woman. Rather than interpreting the law, 5 justices invalidated part of the Texas Constitution in favor of their political agenda.

We must not allow this ruling to be a slippery slope that impacts the religious freedom of Texans. With that in mind, Rep. Burns co-sponsored the Pastor Protection Act (Senate Bill 2065) in 2015. This law protects pastors and religious institutions from being forced to perform marriage ceremonies that contradict with their beliefs. It also protects them from penalties or discrimination for refusing to officiate over or sanction same-sex weddings.