Store Owners Win Major Right of Refusal Case
Article from Fox Business by Christian de La Chapelle.
The city of Phoenix cannot compel an art studio owned by two Christians to design wedding invitations for same-sex couples, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 4-3 decision.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, who run Brush & Nib Studio, potentially faced $2,500 in fines and six months in jail for violating Phoenix’s 2013 ordinance that prohibited discrimination based on “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”
“Duka and Koski’s beliefs about same-sex marriage may seem old-fashioned, or even offensive to some,” wrote Justice Andrew Gould in the opinion of the court. “But the guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion are not only for those who are deemed sufficiently enlightened, advanced, or progressive.”
“To conclude, we hold that the Ordinance, as applied to Plaintiffs’ custom wedding invitations, and the creation of those invitations, unconstitutionally compels speech in violation of the Arizona Constitution’s free speech clause,” Gould wrote.
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Little by little, democrats whittle. Happy to see them lose once in a while.
The three dissenting justices need to be disbarred.
It’s a small win but,it’s in the Right direction !!!!!
AMEN Robert, and I must say it’s about time. They get by with murder and no one has stopped them till now. The ladies that won better watch their backs. Good luck, and I am with you all the way. You go girls.l
It is about time the court acknowledges that normal people have rights too.
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