Two Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a lawsuit and asked the courts to restrain city officials from making them perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, operate Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform same-sex marriages or else be jailed or fined, the Christian Headlines website reports today (October 21, 2014).
The Knapps' penalties could be up to 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000 per day that they refuse to officiate the weddings.
The city of Coeur d'Alene says its non-discrimination ordinance requires the couple to perform the wedding ceremonies.
"The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines," legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement.