Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers and owners of The Hitching Post, have been told by the city of Coeur d' Alene that they will have to preside over same sex marriages. The Hitching Post has been there for almost as long as we've lived here, which is 27 years.
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Many of us knew it wouldn't take long for Cd'A's non-discrimination ordinance to cause problems.City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. read the rest
I live in Post Falls, but Cd'A, Post Falls, and Hayden, Idaho have pretty much become one contiguous area so I consider them all as sort of my hometown.
Here's my thoughts on this development:
- I believe a business should have the right to refuse service to anyone they want. Period. No exceptions. Want to hang a sign that says "No Blacks Allowed" or "No White's Allowed?" Go for it. How about people covered in disgusting tattoos and piercings all over their faces? Same answer. Because the market will quickly sort the whole thing out and they will, no doubt, be out of business post- haste.
- Don't want to make wedding cakes for homosexual "weddings" or photograph their ceremony? To quote Nancy Reagan, "Just say no."
I believe that most homosexuals could give a rip about any of this. So, exactly why are we allowing a small minority, of an already small minority, of people to clog up the courts and rain down untold misery on decent people?
The homosexuals who are behind these lawsuits are bitter, hateful, vindictive, and vicious, and should be called out by every homosexual who doesn't approve.
I'm tired of listening to them whine about their "rights." What about ours?
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