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Monday, October 20, 2014

Govt. Attempts to Force Christian Ministers to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Because thou shall not have anything greater than the will of the Left's current mascot identity group.

And do I not remember various pundits and politicians assuring us that stuff like this wouldn't happen with the legalization of gay marriage? Or is my memory faulty?

From the ADF Media site (via Jazz Shaw at Hot Air):

City officials [of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho] 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.  
Coeur d’Alene officials told the Knapps privately and also publicly stated that the couple would violate the city’s public accommodations statute once same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho if they declined to perform a same-sex ceremony at their chapel. On Friday, the Knapps respectfully declined such a ceremony and now face up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to perform that ceremony. 
“The city somehow expects ordained pastors to flip a switch and turn off all faithfulness to their God and their vows,” explained ADF Legal Counsel Jonathan Scruggs. “The U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state law clearly stand against that. The city cannot mandate across-the-board conformity to its interpretation of a city ordinance in utter disregard for the guaranteed freedoms Americans treasure in our society.”

An obvious infringement on the Free Exercise clause. I suppose that since the First Amendment has been interpreted to protect government from religion rather than the obvious reading of protecting religion from government, such cases are inevitable.

The Left has spent far too much energy deifying the embodiment of their hopes. Surely they won't let a little thing like Christian faith trump both their own and their Dear Leader's political and social agendas.


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