S.F. No. 0131
Sponsored By: Senator(s) Rothfuss, Burns, Case, Craft, Esquibel, F., Hastert and Von Flatern and Representative(s) Blake, Brown, Connolly, Gingery, Greene, Petroff, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn.
AN ACT relating to discrimination; prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as specified; and providing for an effective date.
1/15/2013 Bill Number Assigned
1/16/2013 S Received for Introduction
1/16/2013 S Introduced and Referred to S01
1/30/2013 S01 Recommended Amend and Do Pass
Ayes: Senator(s) Burns, Christensen, Esquibel, F. and Schiffer
Nays: Senator(s) Hicks
Ayes 4 Nays 1 Excused 0 Absent 0 Conflicts 0
1/30/2013 S Placed on General File
Page 1-line 3 After "specified;" insert "providing an exception;".
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"Section 1. W.S. 6‑9‑104 is created to read:
6‑9‑104. Religious exemption.
(a) Nothing in this article or any other provision of law related to discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity shall be deemed to apply to any of the employment practices of a religious corporation, association, educational institution or society which has as its primary purpose religious ritual or worship or the teaching or spreading of religious doctrine or belief.
(b) For any religious corporation, association, educational institution or society that is not wholly exempt under subsection (a) of this section, this article or any other provision of law related to discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity shall not apply with respect to the employment of individuals whose duties are ministerial, in that they consist of teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief, religious governance, supervision of a religious order, supervision of persons teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief or supervision or participation in religious ritual or worship.
(c) Nothing in this article or any other provision of law related to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity shall be construed to limit the rights available to a religious corporation, association, educational institution or society under any federal law that establishes protections for freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, including legal standards and rights available under the first amendment to the United States Constitution.".
Page 1-line 7 Delete "1." insert "2.".
Page 1-line 9 Delete "27‑4‑302(a)(intro) and (iv),".
Page 6-lines 2 through 17 Delete.
Page 9-line 1 Delete "2." insert "3.". SCHIFFER, CHAIRMAN
1/31/2013 S Failed CoW; Indef Postponed
Ayes: Senator(s) Burns, Case, Christensen, Craft, Emerich, Esquibel, F., Hastert, Johnson, Landen, Nicholas, P., Rothfuss, Schiffer and Von Flatern
Nays: Senator(s) Anderson, JD S02, Anderson, JL S28, Barnard, Bebout, Coe, Cooper, Dockstader, Driskill, Geis, Hicks, Hines, Meier, Nutting, Perkins, Peterson, Ross and Scott
Ayes 13 Nays 17 Excused 0 Absent 0 Conflicts 0