A Las Vegas chapel that performs Elvis-themed weddings is refusing to marry gays because it would destroy the sanctity of marriage.
While other chapels are busily advertising that Vegas welcomes the extra business gay marriages will bring to the state, this particular place refuses on religious grounds — which would be a valid objection if they were a religious organization.
You see, a church can refuse to perform marriages for anyone. You don’t have a right to be married by a church. If the church doesn’t want to perform gay marriages (or interracial marriages or marriages between different religions or anything else that they think violates their beliefs) there’s nothing you can do about it.
But a Vegas Elvis chapel is a business. They do not have the power to discriminate.
Remember that bakery that refused to make wedding cakes for gay couples and ultimately ended up closing down? Yeah, it’s like that. Business owners can’t tell gays they don’t have the right to sit at their lunch counter no matter how much their religion tells them it’s OK to discriminate.
So the Elvis weddings will either obey the law or close down — or maybe, like the bakers, be forced out of business through lawsuits. The owner — a hard-headed woman — will be all shook up. There will be crying in the chapel, but in the end, we will all sing Viva Las Vegas!