First, a “fairness” city ordinance forced a Christian t-shirt printing company to make gay pride shirts against the owner’s will.
Now a judge has ruled that because of the same type of ordinance, pastors in Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho must marry homosexual couples or face jail time and fines.
Ordained ministers Donald and Evelyn Knapp, who own a wedding chapel called the Hitching Post, declined to perform a wedding for a gay couple since they are against same-sex marriage. Now, they face a 180-day jail sentence and a fine of $1000 a day for each day that they do not perform the ceremony.
Unfortunately, the Knapps should have seen this coming – months ago, Coeur d‘Alene City Attorney Warren Wilson made this statement:
“If you turn away a gay couple, refuse to provide services for them, then in theory you violated our code, and you’re looking at a potential misdemeanor citation.”
Is this the beginning of the end of religious liberty in America?
H/T: Washington Times