The state of Minnesota is continuing its legal battle against a film company headed by a Christian couple who are opposed to filming same-sex wedding ceremonies.
In August, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the Minnesota Human Rights Act violated the constitutional rights of Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero announced Wednesday that they are going to continue their legal defense of the Human Rights Act.
“Telescope wants to breach common decency on the grounds of ‘free speech.’ But their right to believe what they want is already fully protected,” they argued in an opinion column for the Star Tribune.
“What they’re asking for is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ folks that could open up a can of worms for everyone.”
Ellison and Lucero added that they’re planning to take the case back to the district court level, as they believe the U.S. Supreme Court would rule against them.
“In the meantime, we’re going to keep honoring the First Amendment, which allows everyone to believe what they want no matter how much we may disagree with them, and keep enforcing the Human Rights Act,” they continued.
Jeremy Tedesco of the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the Larsens, said in a statement released Thursday that his organization intends to secure “a final victory that prevents the state from using its power to banish people of faith from the public square.”
“Carl and Angel won a great free speech victory at the 8th Circuit, which rightly affirmed that the government has no power to force people to express messages that violate their deepest convictions. This principle protects everyone,” Tedesco said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski