Knapp v. City of Coeur d’Alene
Description: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform same-sex ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform such ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Hearing Monday in case of Idaho ministers told to perform same-sex ceremonies
WHAT: Available for media interviews following hearing on motion to dismiss in Knapp v. City of Coeur d’Alene
WHEN: Monday, July 20, immediately following hearing, which begins at 11:15 a.m. PDT
WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, 6450 N. Mineral Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he directs the Center for Legislative Advocacy. Sharp joined ADF in 2010 and is a member of the bar in Georgia and Tennessee. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the U.S. Tax Court. Sharp earned his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.