Horner of the Christian Proctor Church in Vermont, was given a sentence of one-year jail term in the federal prison.
Handing down the sentence, Honorable Myron Danus said,Â â€śReligious freedom goes both ways, Mr. Horner.
â€śIt is not your place to deny individuals the same rights that everyone else has, rights that were passed down and agreed upon in a court of law, the ultimate court, theÂ Supreme Court.
â€śIt is not your decision whether or not you agree with the law but more importantly that you follow it and enforce it.â€ť
Speaking to journalists after the court session, Hornerâ€™s lawyer said,Â â€śWe are currently disputing the guilty verdict and I am confident my client will be a free man here shortly,â€ť said attorney Tom Downey.
â€śHorner was just using his best judgement according to his rights and religious freedom in this country.â€ť
Investigators discovered that Hornerâ€™s church is registered with the state as a â€śreligious corporationâ€ť which is only entitled to joining â€śone-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.â€ť
City officials are of the view that the church authorities must comply with state and federal regulations since it isÂ also registered as a for-profit business.
President of the Vermont Family Research Committee, Steve Shand, said it is â€śopen season on Americans who refuse to bow to the governmentâ€™s redefinition of marriage.â€ť
â€śHomosexuals are gay.Â Why should Christian ministers be forced to perform and celebrate any marriage that conflicts with their beliefs? Itâ€™s a slippery slope my friend. Pretty soon these same pastors will be forced to wed animals or kitchen appliances. This is not my America!â€ť
According to NBC, Gwen Hawkins who is president of the LGBT Pride Center in Vermont said she is happy with the guilty verdict.
Hawkins said, â€śWe just want the same rights as everyone else and this guilty verdict sets a great precedent.
â€śThese fanatical Christians base their life on one verse in the Bible but they seem to forget the other 99% of the verses in the book. For example, why canâ€™t we stone to death Bristol Palinfor having a baby out of wedlock? And what about her mother, Sarah Palin, breaking the rules ofCorinthians 14:34 which clearly state that as a woman, she is not allowed to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.Â But no, they like to pick the one verse in the Bible about gay people and build their camp around it.â€ť
Proctor is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,741 at the 2010 census. Proctor is home to the Vermont Marble Museum and Wilson Castle.