A wedding chapel is not a church, though ordained ministers often preside at the marriages. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is insisting that two ministers who work for a wedding chapel must perform gay marriages. If they don’t, they will be in violation of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which means a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and fines of $1,000 per day.
So should a church exemption apply to a minister without a congregation? Or should religious exemptions apply to individuals regardless of affiliation? [Read more…]