Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail Time For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Weddings

According to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine. Donald and Evelyn Knapp are ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. The wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.” But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business – not as a church or place of worship – and city officials said that means the owners must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance. That ordinance, passed last year, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation. City Attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review in May that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel likely would be required to follow the ordinance.

THE CONVERSATION QUESTION: Should The Idaho Ministers That Operate The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel Be Forced To Perform Same-Sex Weddings?

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