CASEKnapp v. City of Coeur d’Alene

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform same-sex ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform such ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
News Releases

Hearing Monday in case of Idaho ministers told to perform same-sex ceremonies

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Hearing Monday in case of Idaho ministers told to perform same-sex ceremonies

ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp will argue against the city’s motion to dismiss the case.

Jul 20, 2015 Read More

City of Coeur d’Alene confirms for-profit wedding chapel violates ordinance

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City of Coeur d’Alene confirms for-profit wedding chapel violates ordinance

City attorney erroneously claims ordained ministers are operating non-profit

Oct 21, 2014 Read More

Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

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Govt tells Christian ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines

Officials threaten to punish senior citizen couple – both ordained pastors – if they decline to officiate same-sex ceremonies

Oct 18, 2014 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/knapp-v.-city-of-coeur-d-alene/knapp-v-city-of-coeur-d-alene---decision-on-motion-to-dismiss.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/knapp-v.-city-of-coeur-d-alene/knapp-v-city-of-coeur-d-alene---motion-and-brief-for-temporary-restraining-order.pdf?sfvrsn=8https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/knapp-v.-city-of-coeur-d-alene/knapp-v-city-of-coeur-d-alene---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=6
Court Title Date
Trial Court
Decision on motion to dismiss Mar 25 2016
Trial Court
Motion and brief for temporary restraining order Oct 17 2014
Trial Court
Complaint Oct 17 2014

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List of Kootenai County wedding facilities

Photo: Donald and Evelyn Knapp

Photo: Hitching Post Wedding Chapel

Photo: Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in its current location in the 1950s

Photo: Hitching Post Wedding Chapel before it moved to its present location

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