Report: Coeur d'Alene, Hitching Post Want to Resolve Same-Sex Marriage Dispute Outside Courtroom


Hinting that they would prefer to resolve the dispute outside of a courtroom, attorneys for the city of Coeur d'Alene say they filed a motion for a delay in a lawsuit filed against the city by a local wedding chapel, which wants to refuse services to same-sex couples.

The Hitching Post insists that it's a "religious corporation," and therefore not bound by the city of Coeur d'Alene's nondiscrimination ordinance, offering protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And shortly after a federal court struck down Idaho's ban of same-sex marriage, owners of the Hitching Post filed a lawsuit against the city, gaining national notoriety and the ire of LGBT advocates.

But this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley says the stay request was filed "in order to allow both parties time to resolve the issue outside the courtroom," adding that he wants the case dismissed. An attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian rights legal advocacy organization representing the Hitching Post also said "the parties needed time to reach a settlement."