House Representative

Cook, Byron

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/26/2015

Representative Byron Cook's Statement on Today's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Representative Byron Cook (Corsicana) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage:

"In anticipation of today's ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, the Texas House of Representatives passed the Pastor Protection Act this past legislative session. The measure protects religious individuals and organizations from performing marriage ceremonies that contradict sincerely held beliefs.

This critical legislation, of which I was the first House joint sponsor, helps to protect our fundamental freedom to worship and is beyond the compulsion of any court.

Senate Bill 2065 was considered and addressed by the House Committee on State Affairs, on which I serve as chair, and was signed into law by the governor on June 11, 2015. The law takes immediate effect and ensures that Texas clergy cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs."


CONTACT: Toni Barcellona