Agree or Disagree: Pastors who refuse to marry same-sex couples should be prosecuted.


Going to Christian churches, there are certain things that you hear that makes you shake your head.  As an example,from time to time, you might hear comments about the coming “End Times.”

One of the things I heard some Pastors say was in regards to the legalizing same-sex marriages. There was concern that if they as a Pastor refused to perform a same-sex marriage, they could be prosecuted. Personally, I didn’t see that coming. As a matter of fact, I seem to remember this concern was addressed.

However, apparently in Idaho, something has changed.

If this story is true, there appears to be a movement to prosecute Pastors who refuse to perform same sex marriages.

Donald and Evelyn Knapp are Ministers in Coeur d’Alene.  They were told to perform a same sex marriage or face jail time and a $1,000 fine.

Too be clear, the above story has had several clarifications and disputes.

This is just one example. This is a response from the New Civil Rights Movement to the story which you can read here.

I’m going to let you read the story. Then, I simply am going to ask this question.  I’m curious where this goes.

Do you think Pastors who refuse to marry same-sex couples should be prosecuted under the law? Should the face jail time? Should they be fined?

Do you think that the Pastors that are concerned about being forced to marry same-sex couples have something too be concerned about?

Why or why not?

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2 responses to “Agree or Disagree: Pastors who refuse to marry same-sex couples should be prosecuted.

  1. Pastors should not be forced by the government to perform marriage ceremonies for same sex couples. The government forcing someone to do something he or she believes runs contradictory to his or her religious beliefs is the very reason the First Amendment comes first.

    As for whether Pastors who are concerned about the prospect of prosecution should be concerned, history suggests that government will expand until it is slapped up side the head by revolution, and the persons responsible for the current same sex marriage reforms have provided no indications that they will be happy with just having the laws changed; consequently, yes, Pastors should be concerned until such time as they receive assurances in the form of statutory laws or court opinions which favor their positions.

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