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Attorneys for the city of Coeur d'Alene are still waiting to hear from a federal judge regarding a lawsuit involving The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and its refusal to conduct same-sex weddings. However, a decision "could happen at any time."
In 2014, Hitching Post owners Don and Evelyn Knapp said their business was not bound by Coeur d'Alene's nondiscrimination ordinance, which makes it illegal to deny services based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Shortly after a federal court struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, the Knapps sued Coeur d'Alene, although city officials had no desire to prosecute the Hitching Post for violating the ordinance. The debate came on the heels of some controversial proposed "religious freedom" legislation introduced in the 2014 session of the Idaho Legislature.
Coeur d'Alene officials say the Hitching Post lawsuit isn't little more than a nuisance since the city's ordinance wouldn't include the business.
"The city really sees it as a non-issue," city spokesman Keith Erickson told KREM-TV. "They're exempt."
Coeur d'Alene officials have asked the suit be tossed out of court. Meanwhile, there has been no communication between the city and the Knapps' attorneys.