Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada following the striking down of a ban on marriage equality earlier this month, some wedding chapels in Las Vegas are still refusing to perform same-sex weddings, citing “deeply-held personal beliefs” that the rule of law is null and void when confronted with the awesome power of Jesus, who did not say one single word about homosexuality.
As businesses that have been required to avoid discrimination since 2011 under Nevada’s Public Accommodations Law, wedding chapels can not legally refuse to wed two men or two women as long as same-sex marriage is legal.
Churches and places of worship are exempt from the Public Accommodations Law, despite that they are allowed to leech from taxpayers tax-free. Gimmicky wedding businesses, however, are not exempt.
“The difference between a church and a place of worship and a wedding chapel, is that a wedding chapel is a business so that is covered under the Public Accommodations Law of Nevada,” explained Tod Story of the American Civil Liberties Union.
A Nevada news station called 15 wedding chapels, and found that several refused to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies in violation of the law. One of the chapels, an Elvis-themed quick-marriage establishment, hosts both traditional and hunka-hunka-themed weddings, said that they won’t marry same-sex couples.
However, the Elvis Wedding Chapel refused to speak on camera about their stance. “I’m not going to tell you,” a representative said, refusing to open the door. “It just — there is no story here.”
The owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel, however, was willing to speak out on the issue. “My faith won’t allow me,” Dolly Deleon said. Deleon told the station that she has been asked to perform same-sex weddings before, but most people are accepting when she tells them no.
“I would be a hypocrite if I said I’m a Bible-believing person and yet I would perform marriage that believe is solely against God’s law,” Deleon said, apparently unaware that turning people away based on race, sex, or sexual orientation could lead to her arrest.
Apparently, marriage is still sacred if the wedding is performed by an overweight man in an Elvis wig after a hasty, drunken decision to get hitched at 2 a.m., but two men (or women) somehow destroys the sanctity of God’s favorite institution — Well, besides genocide.