Arizona’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeal of a pair of Christian artists who filed a lawsuit to strike down a local ordinance that would compel them to service a same-sex wedding despite their religious objections.
The Arizona Supreme Court announced Tuesday that they would hear arguments in the case of Brush & Nib Studio et al v. City of Phoenix.
At issue is whether Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, should be forced to create wedding invitations for same-sex marriages, which they’re morally opposed to.
The high court hasn’t yet set a date for when it will hear oral arguments in the case, but it will likely be sometime next year, according to The Arizona Republic.
In 2013, the city of Phoenix added a new ordinance titled “Discrimination in public accommodations,” which bans discrimination “in places of public accommodation against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.”
Also known as City Code Section § 18.4(B), the ordinance provided an exemption for religious organizations, but did not include businesses in that category. Someone found guilty of violating the law could face up to six months in prison.
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Source: Christian Post