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Pat Robertson Tells Bigoted Idaho Wedding Chapel Owners to Flee 'Onslaught of Homosexual Behavior' - VIDEO

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Reacting to the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho wedding chapel owners who have filed a lawsuit to prevent the city from enforcing it's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays, televangelist Pat Robertson warned the couple to flee the coming "onslaught of homosexual behavior" in the state or risk having to perform a gay marriage. 

Said Robertson: 

If I were that couple I'd get ahead of the curve. Get on an airplane and leave Idaho or get in your car and drive across the border into Montana. Get out of that state and if need be close your chapel down. Get ahead of it because this is outrageous. But I was afraid this would happen. The next thing you know it'll be a church...a church is going to be forced to do things like that.  

Of course, with Montana (like Idaho) falling under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit and a hearing for summary judgement set November 20, the couple should probably hold off on opening up any bigoted business across the border too. 

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Right Wing Watch]

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Wedding Chapel Files Lawsuit Against City After Refusing to Perform Gay Marriages

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The owners of a wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho have filed a lawsuit claiming the city's ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages. 

Hitching Post owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who are being represented by the anti-gay Christian litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom, claim that performing a gay wedding ceremony would force them to "condone, promote and even consecrate somehting forbidden by their religious beliefs and ordination vows."

The Spokesman-Review reports:

KnappAccording to the lawsuit, a man called the business Friday to ask about a same-sex wedding ceremony and was turned down. The Knapps are now asking for a temporary restraining order against the city to stop it from enforcing the ordinance. Violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by fines and jail time.

“The Knapps are thus under a constant, coercive and substantial threat to violate their religious beliefs due to the risk that they will incur the penalties of jail time and criminal fines for declining to speak a message and perform a wedding service that contradicts their religious beliefs and ministerial vows,” the suit reads.

Marraige equality began in Idaho last Wednesday. 


Meet Idaho's Most Outspoken Anti-Gay Bigots and Their Hateful Truck: VIDEO

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Boise, Idaho-area couple Justin and Melanie Sease are driving around in a car painted with phrases like "HOMOSEXUALITY is a sin & a abomination", "Just Say NO to Gay Marriage", and "GOD'S NOT DEAD". They say they're speaking out for others who are afraid to do the same in light of the recent arrival of marriage equality in the state, and whine to KBOI that they're being ridiculed for it:

2truck"We've had a few homosexual extremists who cuss us out and get very angry with us and threaten us."

Why are they on a crusade?

Says Justin, who claims he's "taking a stand for the Heavenly Father":

"We can never accept public homosexuality. It's wrong, and it's wrong in God's eyes first. He's very clear in the Bible. The Bible says that when homosexuality is publicly accepted, basically it spreads like a cancer....This is kind our little way of protesting the homosexual extremist movement..."

Said Melanie:

"If nobody else is going to do it, why not start doing it. Hopefully, other people will join us and follow us and do what we're doing.Most everyone who has seen our vehicles gives us a thumbs up, waves, smiles, or honks."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t vocativ)

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Eric Holder Announces Federal Government Will Recognize Gay Marriage in Seven New States: VIDEO

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Responding to the Supreme Court's marriage decision last week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will begin recognizing same-sex marriages taking place in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Idaho - with additional states likely to follow.

Said Holder:

“I am pleased to announce that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages now taking place in the affected states, and I have directed lawyers here at the Department of Justice to work with our colleagues at agencies across the Administration to ensure that all applicable federal benefits are extended to those couples as soon as possible.  We will not delay in fulfilling our responsibility to afford every eligible couple, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, the full rights and responsibilities to which they are entitled.

He continued:

The steady progress toward LGBT equality we’ve seen – and celebrated – is important and historic.  But there remain too many places in this country where men and women cannot visit their partners in the hospital, or be recognized as the rightful parents of their own adopted children; where people can be discriminated against just because they are gay.  Challenges to marriage restrictions are still being actively litigated in courts across the country.  And while federal appeals courts have so far been unanimous in finding that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, if a disagreement does arise, the Supreme Court may address the question head-on.  If that happens, the Justice Department is prepared to file a brief consistent with its past support for marriage equality. 

Watch Holder's full remarks HERE.

In addition to the seven states above, marriage equality has also come to West Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona (announced earlier today).

Gay marriage began in Alaska but has since been put on hold while the state appeals a pro-equality ruling to the Supreme Court (expect marriages to resume later today)

A federal court ruling in the challenge to Wyoming's gay marriage ban is expected Monday, with Governor Matt Mead saying the state will respect whatever decision is made.


Marriage Equality Arrives In Idaho: PHOTOS

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As we reported yesterday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter has "for now" agreed to let same-sex marriage begin in Idaho following the 9th Circuit's mandate that Idaho rescind its marriage ban. Today, hundreds of couples have shown up around the state to say "I do" and make their unions legal. Reporter Christina Marface tweeted earlier that she has spoken with "several couples who say there's still fear in the backs of their minds something will block licenses in #Idaho." The fears were no doubt prompted by last week's stay from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that halted Idaho from recognizing same-sex unions just as it was poised to do so. However, the marriages in Idaho today thus far seem to have gone off without a hitch. 

As we follow this developing story, check out some photos of the highly anticipated day for equality, AFTER THE JUMP...

[Photo via Twitter]

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Confirms Same-Sex Marriage Will Start Tomorrow, Won't Comment On Potential Appeal

OtterIdaho Governor Butch Otter has announced that same-sex marriages will be allowed to begin tomorrow in the Gem State as planned. As BuzzFeed reports, Otter's office issued a statement that made sure to note the governor's continued belief in "traditional marriage":

“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its mandate for enforcement of decisions overturning the Idaho Constitution’s prohibition on same-sex marriage effective at 10 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, October 15. I continue to believe that the federal courts are mistaken in abandoning the sanctity of traditional marriage and in undermining the will of Idaho voters and each state’s right to define marriage. But we are civil society that respects the rule of law. We have done all we can through the courts for now to defend traditional marriage in Idaho.”

However, Otter is unlikely to end his battle against marriage equality here. As to "whether Otter will seek further review of the ruling from the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit, something lawyers for Otter have suggested in prior filings that he will do", a spokesman, referring to the statement issued today, said, “We are saying nothing more than that.”

Interestingly, Otter's entrenchment on the subject of same-sex marriage places him at odds with his state's attorney general, also a Republican, who believes the fight is essentially over:

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden had acknowledged on Monday in a court filing that the state would not be able to meet the standards for halting the marriages during any appeal. On Tuesday, Wasden’s spokesman, Todd Dvorak, told BuzzFeed News, “Attorney General [Wasden] currently has no plans for filing any legal challenge today or tomorrow.”


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