Its one thing to amend the law to support gay marriage, but it’s entirely another to force religious entities to perform them. Such is the case for two Christian ministers who own a wedding chapel in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. The pair is facing some serious fines and even jail time for refusing to perform same-sex ceremonies.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco from the Alliance Defending Freedom told a Fox News reporter. “The threat of enforcement is more than credible.”
Still, many argue that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, owned by Donald and Evelyn Knapp, is not responsible for accommodating ceremonies that fall outside of their beliefs. ADF argues that the Chapel is not a church, but a for-profit business, meaning that they must obey an ordinance that prohibits businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation.
Legal representation for the gay couple argue that the chapel is designed to be a “place of the public accommodation”, and since same-sex marriage is now legal in Idaho, they must follow the law.
If enforced, the Knapps could face a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
What do you think? Should the Knapps be punished for standing by their beliefs?