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City Reverses Itself, Won't Force Chapel to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Good news. Hey, we'll take what we can get.

In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the Hitching Post, a for-profit wedding chapel across the street from the county clerk's office now seems in the clear to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Earlier this month, the ministers filed suit against the city which had threatened to enforce its non-discrimination ordinance against the chapel. (See prior posting.) However now, as reported Friday by Boise State Public Radio, the city attorney says that the chapel is exempt, even though it is a for-profit entity. Last month it reorganized as a limited liability company and provided in its operating agreement: "The Hitching Post is a religious corporation owned solely by ordained ministers of the Christian religion who operate this entity as an extension of their sincerely held religious beliefs and in accordance with their vows taken as Christian ministers."
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1 comments:

Mary De Voe said...

State licenses and regulation only become effective after a contract is negotiated. Then and only then. If the proprietors do not countenance or allow another into their personal space to negotiate a contract, there is no contract and state licenses and regulation cannot apply until there is a contract. The state cannot license or regulate a person's personal space.


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