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Alliance Defending Freedom: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Idaho for all of 2 days, and two ministers already face jail and fines for declining to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Washington Post: Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the government will extend federal benefits to same-sex married couples in seven states where federal appeals courts have struck down bans on the unions.
The Washington Examiner: “Right now, if there was a ban on interracial marriage, that’s already been ruled unconstitutional,” Abbott responded. “And all I can do is deal with the issues that are before me. ... The job of an attorney general is to represent and defend in court the laws of their client, which is the state Legislature, unless and until a court strikes it down.”
The Daily Signal: Having a baby is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life. But for Bobby Lopez, an unusual figure in the marriage debate, it was a day overshadowed by fear.
Fits News: Not surprisingly, a federal lawsuit in defense of the pastors in Coeur d’Alene was filed last week by Jeremy Tedesco of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Washington Times: “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here — and it’s happened this quickly,” Mr. Tedesco said, The Daily Caller reported.
The Christian Post:: "The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said in a statement.
Daily Caller: Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel at ADF, said, “The government should not force ordained. Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly.”
Charisma News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
The Washington Post: In Idaho, where same-sex marriage also recently became legal, a religious liberty group, Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of two ordained ministers who don’t want to perform same-sex marriages at their for-profit wedding chapel.
The Federalist: On Friday, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, informed Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they would be required to perform gay weddings or face fines or possibly jail time under the city’s “public accommodations” statute. Their religious views are expected to adjust to the edicts of the state.
The Washington Post: I think the Knapps are also entitled to an exemption under the Idaho RFRA. The Knapps allege that “sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit them from performing, officiating, or solemnizing a wedding ceremony between anyone other than one man and one woman”; I know of no reason to think they’re lying about their beliefs. Requiring them to violate their beliefs (or close their business) is a substantial burden on their religious practice.
Religion News Service: On Friday (Oct. 17), an Arizona-based religious liberty group, Alliance Defending Freedom, filed alawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order, arguing that applying the ordinance to the Knapps’ situation would be unconstitutional and would violate Idaho’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Fox News: “Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
Christian News Network: “The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco in a release about the matter on Saturday.
The Daily Signal: The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion arguing that this action “violates [the Knapps’s] First and 14th Amendment rights to freedom of speech, the free exercise of religion, substantive due process, and equal protection.”
CBN: The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion on behalf of the Knapps arguing their First and 14th Amendment rights are being violated - pointing out that not only were the Knapps freedom of religion and free speech rights were violated but also the right to due process and equal protection.
Reason.com: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal group, is representing the Knapps against the city to halt enforcement of the law, and so there's lots of outrage to go around.
ADF Media: The Revs. Knapp have not changed their religious beliefs and how they perform marriage ceremonies at The Hitching Post. They have always only performed marriages between one man and one woman.