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Elvis, other Las Vegas wedding chapels refuse to marry same-sex couples

LAS VEGAS — Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada, a number of Las Vegas wedding chapels are refusing to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, despite a state public accommodations law that prohibits them from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

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KLAS-TV reports that after making calls to about 15 wedding chapels, they found several chapels refusing to accommodate same-sex couples. Among them, the Elvis Chapel, which welcomes “traditional” and Elvis-themed weddings, said they wouldn’t marry same-sex couples. Neither would Vegas Wed.

Tod Story of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada notes that the chapels do not fall under the law’s religious exemption.

“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,” he said.

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