Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ADF: "Government Threatens Artists With Jail Time Over Biblical Beliefs"

Oh please, it's Brush & Nib again. I wrote about this earlier in the day. The court has simply affirmed the precedence that lawyers at ADF are more familiar with than I. There are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws. Now they are appealing a ruling by the trial judge that he will not issue a preliminary injunction.

What is infuriating is the amount of tax dollars spent on this issue. Brush & Nib is not much more than a website. No gay couple has asked for their services (invitations) and now never will. Yet they are seeking a pre-enforcement challenge that they know is not going to be successful. Jail? Please.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed an appeal Tuesday that asks an Arizona appeals court to temporarily stop Phoenix from applying an ordinance to an art studio specializing in hand-painting, hand-lettering and calligraphy for weddings and other events because the ordinance conflicts with free speech. The ordinance forces the studio's two female owners to use their artistic talents to promote same-sex ceremonies and also forbids the studio, Brush & Nib, and its proprietors from publicly expressing the Christian beliefs that prevent them from doing so and that require them to create art celebrating only marriages between one man and one woman.

The appeal comes after a trial court judge declined to issue an order that would prevent the city from enforcing the ordinance against the studio or its owners while their lawsuit moves forward in court.

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