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Idaho Chapel Would Rather Shut Down Than Marry Gay Couples

A popular wedding chapel in Idaho says that, should marriage equality arrive in that state, it would rather shut its doors for good than marry gay couples. The Hitching Post, located in Coeur d'Alene, has been in business for close to 100 years. The chapel's owner, Donald Knapp, made the statement just days after a federal judge struck down that state's ban of same-sex marriage. A temporary stay by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, requested by Governor Butch Otter, has put those marriages on hold for now.

Pic4-300x225Knapp explained his bigoted reasoning to KXLY-TV. 

"I think the bible is pretty clear that homosexuality is not his way, and therefore I cannot unite people in a way that I believe would conflict with what the bible teaches," Hitching Post owner Donald Knapp said.

"I don't hate those people. I don't think anybody should ever be abusive or mistreat them or anything like that, but I cannot in clear conscience unite such a couple," Knapp said.

The owners of the Hitching Post say they will honor their commitments through the end of the year, but if the ban is lifted they will walk away. If it comes to that they will look into selling the wedding chapel and, if the new owners are willing to host same-sex marriages, they will respect their decision.

The Spokesman-Review points out that, legally, The Hitching Post would not be able to turn away same-sex couples.

Wedding venues that turn away gay couples may violate local laws, such as Coeur d’Alene’s prohibition on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The provision adopted by the City Council last year applies to housing, employment and places of public accommodation, including businesses that render public services.

Take a 30-second video tour of The Hitching Post, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Getting married in a place that looks like that violates the sanctity of marriage.

    Posted by: Buck | May 18, 2014 2:23:59 PM

  2. Getting married there would be like getting married at a 7 - 11.

    Posted by: TomTallis | May 18, 2014 2:32:32 PM

  3. Some people won't see oportunities of business even if them explode on their faces

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 18, 2014 2:32:56 PM

  4. Bye bye, so long, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    Posted by: SteveP | May 18, 2014 2:35:35 PM

  5. Why on Earth would anyone want to get married THERE, except ironically?

    Posted by: kdknyc | May 18, 2014 2:48:14 PM

  6. "I cannot unite people in a way that I believe would conflict with what the bible teaches," Hitching Post owner Donald Knapp said

    Now, if that is not some serious cherry picking... So, what does the bible teach about second marriages?

    "And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery."

    Posted by: JR | May 18, 2014 2:48:52 PM

  7. JR - because these people are only Christians when it comes to hating gays.

    Or Muslims.

    Sorta like how "this is a Christian nation!" never means "so we should help the poor, the sick, the needy, the destitute!"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2014 2:55:02 PM

  8. Oh, just wait until it`s empty of people and burn it down. When insurance rebuilds, burn it down again. Repeat indefinitely until the Chapel gets their wish. No more weddings for gays, no more weddings for anyone.

    Posted by: StranglerFig | May 18, 2014 3:00:16 PM

  9. If those idiots want to cut off your nose to spite their face, I won't stop them.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 18, 2014 3:10:20 PM

  10. "their nose", not yours. UGH, this site needs an edit option.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | May 18, 2014 3:11:01 PM

  11. Since Idaho has no nondiscrimination law that covers gay people, all they have to do is move outside of any city that may have a gay rights ordinance. That still leaves almost all the state (at least by land). This isn't really that big a problem in Idaho. They are just playing victim. And since not allowing gays does cause real damage to gay couples (usually under the worst possible circumstances like medical emergencies), then it is ridiculous to claim that you are against gay people but don't want to harm gays. Nonsense.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | May 18, 2014 3:18:09 PM

  12. Or they could just declare themselves a religion. That's how you retain bigotry under the law.

    Posted by: Vint | May 18, 2014 3:25:09 PM

  13. Looks like a western themed gay bar.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 18, 2014 3:32:18 PM

  14. This is probably just a tax scam. He runs a business, but pretends it's a place of worship. It's certainly not a "chapel".

    Posted by: Steve | May 18, 2014 4:03:56 PM

  15. F-CK religion! That's my answer

    Posted by: Watv505 | May 18, 2014 4:23:32 PM

  16. When the cake shop owner refused to provide a cake to a gay couple, a local radio station decided to test the bakery with fake calls requesting special event cakes for various scenarios that clearly go against the bible. One was a lady calling for a cake for her young teenage daughter having a child. She casually mentioned how it's out of wedlock. The cake shop agreed to make it. Another lady said she was having a divorce party and wanted a divorce cake. They agreed to make it. Another man called for a bachelor cake with a stripper ornament on top. They agreed to make it.

    Their clear anti gay bias was revealed in that week of fake phone calls.

    These Christians use the bible to veil their own disdain for gays.

    Posted by: Junior | May 18, 2014 4:26:47 PM

  17. bye bye birdie.

    Posted by: Towlette | May 18, 2014 4:27:52 PM

  18. Fine. Shut down. That redneck hut isn't doing anything for property values anyway.

    Posted by: apex | May 18, 2014 5:03:13 PM

  19. We need someone with huge potatoes to fight this.

    Posted by: Gary | May 18, 2014 5:29:02 PM

  20. This sadly is an example of the typical North Idaho attitude of business. Otter will not go down without a fight. If I lived in Idaho I would have moved YEARS ago to where I am now, Wash. State!

    Posted by: Tom | May 18, 2014 5:52:55 PM

  21. The NAACP would sue them anyway.

    Posted by: Enchantra | May 18, 2014 7:55:47 PM

  22. Coeur d'Alene is at the north end of a beautiful lake surrounded by trees and vacation homes. For some reason it is also a favorite retirement location for cops and a magnet for survivalists and other right wing nut jobs. I have no idea what the explanation for all that is.

    Posted by: emjayay | May 18, 2014 11:15:31 PM

  23. Yeah like Idaho is a prime location to get married in the first place. Go away bigot and take your ignorance with you.

    Posted by: mike1969 | May 19, 2014 2:27:41 AM

  24. I support the right of these religiously afflicted numbskulls to go out of business. I also support their right to whine and cry about how they are the victims.

    Stupid people need something to pass the time too, and for a Christian pretending you are persecuted by somebody else's marriage is like a shortcut to virtual martyrdom.

    Posted by: Steve Rider | May 19, 2014 6:43:26 AM

  25. If it's not a "church" they have no right to discriminate. If they did, we could find ourselves unable to secure a venue.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | May 19, 2014 9:47:27 PM

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