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Case Name Knapp v. City of Coeur D'Alene PB-ID-0004
Docket / Court 2:14-cv-00441-REB ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
On October 17, 2014, a Christian couple who are ordained ministers and run a wedding chapel in Idaho filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the City of Coeur d'Alene. The plaintiffs, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, ... read more >
On October 17, 2014, a Christian couple who are ordained ministers and run a wedding chapel in Idaho filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the City of Coeur d'Alene. The plaintiffs, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, asked the court to prohibit the city from enforcing the anti-discrimination ordinance that prohibits the plaintiffs from refusing to marry same-sex couples. The plaintiffs also sought a declaratory judgment that this ordinance violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and damages. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that, because they are ordained ministers who believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, an ordinance that prohibits them from refusing to marry same-sex couples violates their religious freedom. Furthermore, because each day that the couple refuses to perform a single same-sex wedding ceremony counts as a new charge against them, they could be sentenced to thirty years in jail and $30,000 in fines for refusing to marry one couple for a month.

The parties last filed a joint motion to stay pending settlement on January 28, 2015.

Katherine Reineck - 02/01/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Free Exercise Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) City of Coeur d'Alene
Plaintiff Description A Christian couple who operate a wedding chapel and wish to refuse to marry same-sex couples
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Docket(s)
2:14-cv-00441-REB (D. Idaho) 02/02/2015
PB-ID-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/17/2014
PB-ID-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bush, Ronald E. (D. Idaho) [Magistrate]
PB-ID-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cortman, David A. (Georgia)
PB-ID-0004-0001 | PB-ID-0004-9000
Gray, Rory Thomas (Georgia)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Robinson, Virginia McNulty (Idaho)
PB-ID-0004-0001 | PB-ID-0004-9000
Scruggs, Jonathan A (Arizona)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Tedesco, Jeremy D. (Arizona)
PB-ID-0004-0001 | PB-ID-0004-9000
Theriot, Kevin H. (Kansas)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brown, Landon Scott (Idaho)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Naylor, Jacob H. (Idaho)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Naylor, Kirtlan G. (Idaho)
PB-ID-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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