A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HAS TEMPORARILY PUT SAME-SEX
MARRIAGE IN IDAHO ON HOLD...
WHILE IT CONSIDERS THE STATE'S REQUEST FOR A STAY.
WEDDINGS WERE SUPPOSED TO BEGIN TOMORROW MORNING...
BUT IT APPEARS THEY'LL BE DELAYED UNTIL THE 9TH CIRCUT
COURT MAKES A DECISIONKXLY FOUR'S CAITI CURREY IS
WORKING FOR YOU WITH DETAILS ON HOW AN IDAHO CHAPEL
IS TAKING THE NEWS.
NADINE- GAY MARRIAGES WON'T BE HAPPENING TOMORROW
IN IDAHO...BUT THERE IS STILL A CHANCE THEY WILL IN
AND IF THAT HAPPENS ONE COEUR D'ALENE CHAPEL MAY CLOSE
DONALD KNAPP/THE HITCHING POST
People come from all over to be married at the Hitching
THE HITCHING POST IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL KNOWN CHAPELS
IN THE INLAND NORTHWEST.
IN IT'S 95 YEARS IN EXISTANCE.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MARRIED IN THE SMALL
BUT THE OWNERS ARE WILLING TO WALK AWAY...
IF THE BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE IS PERMANENTLY LIFTED.
I think the Bible is pretty clear that homosexuality
is not His way, and therefore I cannot unite people
in a way that I believe would conflict with what the
OWNER DONALD KNAPP WOULDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.
WARREN WILSON/CDA CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
For profit wedding chapels are in a position now where
last week the ban would have prevented them from performing
gay marriages, this week gay marriages are legal,
pending an appeal to the 9th circuit.
THE 9TH CIRCUIT HASN'T YET ISSUED A STAY.
BUT THEY ARE PUTTING A HALT TO GAY MARRIAGES UNTIL
THEY MAKE A DECISION.
IF GAY MARRIAGE STANDS...
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.
THEREFOR THE HITCHING POST MAY BE FACING THEIR LAST
AND THE THOUGHT.
IS HARD FOR THE OWNERS.
The people of Idaho spoke when they passed the law
regarding marriage, but it seems to me like it's no
longer by the people of the people and for the people,
but what one judge decides.
KNAPP SAYS HE'S OKAY WITH OTHER MINISTER PERFORMING
MARRIAGES AT THEIR FACILITIES...
BUT IT IS NOT SOMETHING HE WILL DO.
I don't hate those people, I don't think anybody should
ever be abusive or mistreat them or anything like
that, but I cannot in clear conscience unite such
THE OWNERS OF THE HITCHING POST SAY THEY WILL HONOR
THEIR COMMITMENTS THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR...
BUT IF THE BAN IS NOT LIFTED .
THEY WILL WALK AWAY, NADINE.
SO WILL THAT BE THE END OF THE HITCHING POST?
THE OWNERS SAY THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK INTO SELLING
IF IT COMES TO THAT.
AND THEY SAY IF THE NEW OWNERS ARE WILLING TO HOST
THEY RESPECT THEIR DECISION.
REPORTING IN COEUR D'ALENE.
KXLY 4 NEWS.