Lt. Governor Patrick’s Stand on Religious Liberty Protections


Affirmed by Attorney General


AUSTIN – In February I asked Attorney General Paxton for an opinion on the constitutionality of Montgomery County Judge Wayne Mack’s volunteer-led chaplaincy program and ceremonial court room prayer. My request stemmed from a complaint filed against Judge Wayne Mack and my continuing efforts to protect religious liberties in Texas.

Today, in response to my request, General Paxton issued an opinion affirming the constitutionality of these programs. This is a sure victory for religious liberty in Texas.

This opinion goes a long way in providing the necessary clarity to Judge Mack, and judges throughout Texas, of constitutionally appropriate court room prayer and volunteer-led chaplaincy programs.

As Lt. Governor, I will continue to fight for religious liberty across the state.