Two Arizona artists face fines and jail for refusing to create wedding invitations for a same sex couple.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski are Christians who own a Phoenix-based stationary company that crafts wedding invitations. Citing a contradiction with their religious beliefs, the two women have decided not to print wedding invitations for a same sex couple who recently requested them.
The Blaze reported that the two are being threatened with fines of up to $2,500, in addition to six months imprisonment for behaving according to their Christian beliefs. Duka and Koski are accused of being in violation of a city of Phoenix ordinance that protects gay people from discrimination.
The business owners had to hire attorneys and are being represented by a religious-based law firm, the Alliance Defending Freedom.
An ADF attorney Jonathan Scruggs stated in an interview with Charisma News;
“We fully expect to have a hearing in the next few weeks on our motion for preliminary injunction and to have the Arizona superior court grant our motion and vindicate the free speech and religious liberty rights of our clients. No American, including artists, should have the government force them to create art against their artistic and religious beliefs.”
This isn’t the first time a business has been attacked for not serving same sex couples. Back in 2013 a bakery in Oregon was publicly chastised, fined over $ 135,000, and basically driven out of business by the national attention.
A personal attorney representing the business owners, Kristen Waggoner, spoke to Fox News last week and stated that, “Americans don’t give up their constitutionally-protected rights in order to make a living and neither should artists. We don’t force artists to create artistic expression under threat of jail time.”
Many Christians have argued that the First Amendment right to freely practice their religion is being attacked and controlled by government intervention pushing their politically correct agenda.
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