PRAYER ALERT: On Oct. 15 same sex weddings became legal in Idaho. Two days later, a man phoned Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. He asked if they would perform same sex weddings. The Knapps—both of whom are ordained ministers—declined. Then the Knapps got another call. They were informed that the city was suing them. If the Knapps refuse to perform same sex weddings they would face up to a $1000 fine per day plus jail time of up to 180 days.
Why? They were accused of violating a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ordinance applies to housing, employment and public accommodation. Their wedding chapel was classed as a place of public accommodation. It is a for-profit business.
Does that mean that non-profit organizations such as churches will be sued if they don’t employ homosexuals? Or if they refuse to perform same sex weddings? City Attorney Warren Wilson said that churches were exempt. But he also said any wedding chapel which does not marry gay couples would be violating the law. What if politicians or judges decide that if a church is used as a wedding chapel, it must allow same sex weddings?
Such a travesty is no longer unthinkable. In Houston, five pastors are now required to turn in their in-church communications to city officials for inspection. And they haven’t even broken a law…
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