Statement on Sponsors’ Decision to Postpone Action on SB 2566

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (February 19, 2014) —The following statement was made by David Fowler, president of The Family Action Council of Tennessee, regarding the decision this week by the sponsors of Senate Bill (SB) 2566 not to proceed with the bill. SB 2566 would have prohibited the government from forcing religious organizations and business owners to participate in certain activities in connection with private marriage ceremonies that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.

Fowler stated:

Because the language of Senate Bill 2566, as filed, was over-broad in some respects and too easily subject to interpretations that could lead to unintended consequences, the bill’s sponsors decided not to proceed with the bill this year.

However, the issues raised by the bill need to be addressed because they are vitally important to ensuring respect for the fundamental liberty in our country: religious liberty.

Therefore, our organization encourages the state legislature to address the issue of religious liberty raised in this bill in its session next year.  We look forward to seeing legislators enact legislation that prohibits government from forcing people in private settings to engage in activities that violate their religious beliefs.

The Family Action Council of Tennessee, which Fowler heads, was formed in 2006 by a group of citizens concerned about the growing negative impact of public policies on the family. FACT’s mission is to equip Tennesseans and their elected officials to effectively promote and defend a culture that values the traditional family, for the sake of the common good. For more information, visit