“I just can’t break what I believe,” said ordained minister Don Knapp as he stood in front of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday. Knapp says the chapel will refuse to officiate weddings for same-sex couples. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Thousands of couples have tied the knot at the Hitching Post, an institution in Coeur d’Alene right up there with the famous Hudson’s Hamburgers. But the popular wedding chapel across the street from the Kootenai County Courthouse will not perform marriages for same-sex couples, even if that means closing its doors after 95 years in business. “We will not be marrying gay couples here,” said Donald Knapp, an ordained minister along with his wife, Lynn. A federal judge struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, and gay and lesbian residents will be allowed to marry starting Friday morning unless a court puts the ruling on hold as requested by Gov. Butch Otter/Scott Maben, SR. More here.