US: Las Vegas chapel that does Elvis-themed weddings says marrying gays is ‘against God’s law’

Nick Duffy October 19, 2014
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A number of wedding chapels in Las Vegas are refusing to marry same-sex couples, despite equal marriage becoming legal.

Same-sex marriage came to Vegas this month, after a judge struck down Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban.

The wedding capital of the world wasted no time in advertising its services to gay and lesbian couples, taking out full-page advertisements in newspapers to promote itself as a wedding destination.

However, despite the city’s 24-hour wedding culture and long history of runaway marriages, a number of the city’s chapels have refused to hold ceremonies for gay couples.

Dolly Deleon, the owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel – which offers Hawaiian and Elvis themed weddings from 9am to 11pm – told 8NewsNow that she won’t marry gays because she’s a born again Christian.

She said: “My faith won’t allow me… 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.”

Meanwhile, the Elvis Wedding Chapel has also ruled out marrying same-sex couples, but refused to discuss the reasons.

A spokesperson said: “I’m not going to tell you. It’s just there’s really no story here.”

Tod Story of the ACLU said: “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.”

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