In a decision surprising to many, the governor of far-left California has supported the right of religious institutions to exercise their faith in hiring decisions.
California recently became a “sanctuary state” that ignores federal immigration laws, has led the fight against traditional marriage and, among many other legislative measures, restricted the right of Christian counselors to help overcome same-sex attraction.
But now Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 569, a bill that would restrict the freedom of religious institutions to make hiring decisions consistent with their beliefs.
Brown returned the bill without his signature, explaining to the legislature that it conflicts with the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, which has an exception for religious institutions.
Pacific Justice Institute, which opposed the bill, would have filed a lawsuit if Brown signed the bill.
“We are relieved that Gov. Brown chose not to extend choking state prohibitions into sacrosanct areas of religious life and ministry,” said PJI President Brad Dacus.
“It is essential that churches, ministries and religious schools continue to have the freedom to expect employees to practice what is preached.”
He said the bill “would have required – with heavy fines and even criminal penalties – religious institutions to tolerate employee behavior directly contradicting the organizational mission.
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