Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Video: Northern Idaho's Hitching Post Digs In Its Heels With Lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 12:07 PM

The Hitching Post, a northern Idaho business that insists that it is a religious corporation and therefore justified in its denial of performing same-sex marriages, is digging in its heels with a lawsuit against the city of Coeur d'Alene.

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, but city officials said they had no desire to prosecute the Hitching Post for violating the ordinance.

Now KREM-TV reports that attorneys representing the Hitching Post have amended their original complaint, affirming their position and that "they are not giving up their fight any time soon."

Meanwhile, Coeur d'Alene city officials continue to ask to have the case dismissed. The city's insurer, the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, is funding the suit and ICRMP has hired a Boise attorney to represent Coeur d'Alene.

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