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Elvis Chapel Among Several in Vegas That Refuse to Perform Gay Weddings

Elvis Chapel Among Several in Vegas That Refuse to Perform Gay Weddings

Elvis Chapel Among Several in Vegas That Refuse to Perform Gay Weddings

Some chapels in Vegas may be breaking Nevada law by refusing to wed gay couples.

While many businesses in Las Vegas are welcoming the advent of marriage equality, some chapels are refusing to perform gay weddings, KLAS-TV reports.

After calls to approximately 15 wedding chapels, KLAS discovered "several" are refusing to perform gay weddings. The Elvis Wedding Chapel, which performs traditional weddings and those performed by Elvis impersonators, is one of those chapels. A representative from the business would not answer the door for the KLAS reporter and appeared hostile. The owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel would appear on camera and stated marrying gay couples would make her a hypocrite since she's a born-again Christian; she claimed the same-sex couples she's turned down have been understanding.

Since Nevada bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, these chapels could face misdemeanor charges for denying services to gays. As Tod Story of the ACLU points out, chapels are not exempt from the law, as churches or synagogues would be, because they're for-profit businesses. See the report below:

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