Christian Artists Ask Arizona Supreme Court for Protection From Law Forcing Them to Work Same-Sex Weddings

A pair of Arizona-based artists have filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court asking for protection from a local ordinance that would force them to provide services for a same-sex wedding, despite their religious objections.

Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, are appealing a decision from June by the Court of Appeals that upheld a Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance and rejected their pre-enforcement civil rights lawsuit.

“This court should grant this petition to clarify whether public accommodation laws trump free-speech and free-exercise rights, to correct the COA’s narrow understanding of these important freedoms, and to align Arizona’s jurisprudence with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions,” reads the appeal, filed on Monday.

Jonathan Scruggs, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Duka and Koski, said in a statement released on Tuesday that he believed the “government must allow artists to make their own decisions about which messages they will promote.”

“Artists shouldn’t be forced to create artwork contrary to their core convictions, and certainly not under threat of criminal fines and jail time,” said Scruggs.

“Breanna and Joanna are happy to design custom art for all people; they simply object to being forced to pour their heart, soul, imagination, and talent into creating messages that violate their conscience.”

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Source: Christian Post