Despite a state public accommodations law prohibiting venues from discriminating based on sexual orientation, a local television channel found that several chapels are nonetheless refusing to marry same-sex couples.
Dolly Deleon, owner of the 24-hour Vegas Wed Chapel, said that her Christian faith would not allow her to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies:
“I would be a hypocrite if I said I’m a Bible-believing person and yet I would perform marriage that I believe is solely against God’s law.”
However, according to Tod Story of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, wedding chapels - as opposed to churches and places of worship - are not covered under the Public Accommodation Law of Nevada. For-profit wedding venues that turn away same-sex couples can be charged with a misdemeanor.
With the Supreme Court not permitting the use of cameras during oral arguments, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver decided to devote "an incredible amount of time and an almost immoral amount of resources" to recreating the high court's chambers with real animals so that we can all finally have engaging and amusing footage when discussing our country's most important legal cases.
Ever wonder what Antonin Scalia or Ruth Bader Ginsburg would look like in canine-form when discussing the constitutional merits of gay marriage? Well now you can see for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...
Though she’s best known for whipping overweight Biggest Loser contestants into shape, Jillian Michaels (pictured above with her partner Heidi and their children) raised eyebrows last week after expressing that she wasn’t entirely comfortable with being open about her sexuality.
“Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband,” she admitted in an interview with Health, explaining that she sometimes introduced her wife Heidi Rhoades as ‘her friend.’ “It would be such a dream to be "normal" like that, but I'm just not.”
Over the weekend Michaels reached out to People magazine in an attempt to clarify her statements which she felt members of the LGBT community had simply “misunderstood.”
"I attempted to shed light on how hard and scary it can be to be out,” Michaels told People. “That gay families get attacked and even small daily interactions involve others being 'shocked and disturbed' by the gay lifestyle."
"I was saying if along the way in my life that had been a choice I would have made it, but it's not who I am. Gay is not a choice. If I was ashamed of who I am, I would be in the closet. Considering my family was on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, I think I'm pretty far from that."
AFER's Matt Baume reports on marriage equality arriving in Idaho, Arizona, and Alaska, new lawsuits in South Carolina and Kansas against those states' marriage bans, NOM losing its court battle over claims the IRS intentionally leaked their tax returns, and more.
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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."
According 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.