If you are gay and planning to have an Elvis-themed wedding you might want to rethink heading out to Las Vegas.
Same-sex marriage is legal now thanks to a Federal Court ruling earlier this month. However, some businesses in Las Vegas are not jumping on the pride bandwagon just yet. For same-sex couples looking to re-live the hypnotic allure of a Britney Jean Spears oopsie daisy wedding in 2004, getting married at one of Las Vegas' famed Elvis-themed chapels might not be possible, thanks to raging homophobia bullshit. According to 8 News Now, some Elvis chapels in Sin City are too worried about Jesus to marry you.
Dolly Deleon, the owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel, said she's a born-again believer in Jesus. "My faith won't allow me," Deleon said. She said she's been asked to wed same-sex couples before, but has found that mostly people accept it when she says no.
She did not know that a couple who is turned away based on race, sex, or sexual orientation could file charges against her. That could then lead to a misdemeanor arrest.
"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.
According to 8 News Now, another chapel, the Elvis Wedding Chapel, also won't marry same-sex couples but when the station tried to reach out for a comment they were told "there is no story here."
That's right! Feel free to be a drunk tourist and a stripper you met 20 minutes ago but don't you DARE besmirch the sanctity of marriage by trying to get married to someone you actually love who happens to be the same gender as you. Of course, not every Elvis-themed chapel in Vegas is refusing to marry same-sex couples, but still. You can't just slap the name of the King of Rock and Roll on your venue (who loved to dabble in all kinds of non-Jesus friendly shit) and then pretend to take some moral high ground.
According to the ACLU, refusing service to anyone due to sexual orientation is a crime (and also total fucking bullshit). "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," said Tod Story, ACLU.
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