Friday, May 1, 2015

Idaho same-sex marriage laws : City’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail

One of Idaho’s largest cities has passed a law aimed squarely at Christian pastors, requiring all of them to marry gay couples or else face fines and possible jail time.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, has a city ordinance that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals. While the state has a ban on gay marriage, a federal judge recently ruled that ban unconstitutional and the Supreme Court has refused to take on similar appeals from states whose bans have been struck down.
According to the Washington Times, the ordinance comes after a protracted legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, a couple that owns and operates the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the Idaho city.
The Knapps are Christian and oppose same-sex marriage. When they were asked to perform a same-sex union, the couple refused, citing their religious beliefs.

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