Protecting Children by Holding Clergy Accountable

*Status: This bill has passed both the House and the Senate. It awaits Gov. Ivey’s signature to become law*

House Bill 125 would make it unlawful for clergy in a position of trust or authority over a person to commit certain sex acts with an individual under 19 years of age, or a protected person under 22 years of age. Currently, the age of consent is 16. This also brings the law for clergy equal to the law for public and private school teachers. We are thankful to Representative Leigh Hulsey and Senator Rodger Smitherman for sponsoring the bill and Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter for his leadership on this issue.