Las Vegas’ Elvis Wedding Chapel welcomes Elvis-themed weddings but will not allow same-sex ceremonies now that marriage equality has come to Nevada.
Las Vegas’ 8 News Now informally surveyed 15 quickie wedding chapels in the “marriage capital of the world” and found that a number are refusing same-sex couples, despite a law that bans anti-gay discrimination in public accommodations.
Apparently, getting hitched by an Elvis impersonator singing “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” is consistent with the dignity of marriage, but “Same Love” defiles that dignity in this city that’s known as the capital of quickie weddings.
When a federal judge struck down Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban earlier this month, the city’s tourism department jumped on the bandwagon, promoting its services to gay and lesbian couples with a full-page ad in USA Today.
But not everyone got on board. Dolly Deleon, owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel, which offers Hawaiian- and Elvis-themed weddings, told 8 News Now that her interpretation of God’s law supersedes state law.
“My faith won’t allow me (to allow same-sex weddings,” she said. “I would be a hypocrite if I said I’m a Bible-believing person and yet I would perform marriage that I believe is solely against God’s law.”
While churches and places of worship are exempt from the law, gimmicky wedding businesses are not.
“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 of the ACLU.