City: Do Same Sex Marriages or Be Arrested

Same sex marriages are mandatory for Christian ministers.

And the hits just keep on coming.

“It’s all about equality…” “We just want to live and let live…” “It won’t lead to polygamy.”

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Here is the story from Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio: “City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings.”

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 $1,000 in daily fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.

“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”

The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”

However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.

That ordinance, passed in 2013, 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.

“I would think that the Hitching Post would probably be considered a place of public accommodation that would be subject to the ordinance,” he said.

He also told television station KXLY that any wedding chapel that turns away a gay couple would in theory be a violation of the law “and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation.”

Wilson confirmed to Knapp in a telephone conversation that even ordained ministers would be required to perform same-sex weddings, the lawsuit alleges.

I realize some Christians will argue that a for-profit wedding chapel isn’t the same as a church, and perhaps some will have differing convictions about what the Bible says about female clergy. But

  1. It’s pretty dangerous ground to say the government can force you to deny your beliefs in your work–you have just exalted government as God, whether or not you are dealing with a for-profit business.
  2. The way this is going (see Houston) we won’t be allowed to live our beliefs in Church either–that distinction will be meaningless in the days just ahead.

Just like Islam and all tyrannies, the promoters of “marriage equality” talked a nice and neighborly game, until things started going their way. Now, the prosecutions and persecutions are getting into full-swing.

Either abandon your conscience and do what they say or lose your money, your business, and your freedom.