(Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of the Hitching Post Chapel. Photo credit: Alliance Defending Freedom)
The anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom is suing the City of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho in a "gays are bullies" case. Last Friday, ADF attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order against the city. Here is an excerpt:
This case is about the City of Coeur D’Alene unconstitutionally coercing two Christian ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows, and their consciences. Coeur D’Alene does so by imposing a Hobson’s choice on the Knapps through City Ordinance §9.56, which bars sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations: the Knapps can either violate their religious convictions and ministerial vows by performing same-sex wedding ceremonies or follow their religious convictions and vows by declining to perform same-sex ceremonies and face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.This was reported by Todd Starnes of Fox News: City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings
The story was given legs by Eugene Volokh at WaPo: Can ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings?
The claim that those awful gays are bullying ministers does not survive closer inspection. Here are several stories to check out:
- Jeremy Hooper at Good As You: Caught ya: Far-right's latest marriage 'victim' edited website to make more solid legal case
- Zack Ford at Think Progress: For-Profit Wedding Chapel Sues After Idaho Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
- David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement: Almost Everything You've Been Told About The Idaho Wedding Chapel Story Is A Lie
- Alvin McEwen at Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: How anti-gay groups created false story of anti-Christian persecution involving Idaho wedding chapel
A quick Google search shows that the right wing is going nuts over this story. We have to fight back with the truth.