The Georgia House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that aims to protect clergy from being forced to marry gay and lesbian couples.

Dubbed the “Pastor Protection Act,” House Bill 757 sailed through the chamber with a 161-0 vote.

Republican Representative Kevin Tanner said on the House floor Thursday that he heard from a constituent who said that she worried that the state would jail her husband for refusing to marry gay couples.

“This is not something that churches should have to worry about in the United States and our state,” said Tanner, the bill's sponsor.

Opponents of the bill say that it is unnecessary since current law protects religious officials and no state or federal law currently requires that they perform such ceremonies.

The bill now heads to the Senate.