Artists Joanna Duka, left, and Breanna Koski run a company called Brush & Nib. But because they are evangelical Christians they won’t create invitations for gay weddings.
This put them at odds with a Phoenix, Arizona, anti-discrimination ordinance, which they challenged in court – and lost.
Failure to comply with the law can lead to a $2,500 fine and possible imprisonment.
Judge Karen Mullins of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the ordinance was constitutional. She said:
The printing of same-sex persons’ names on wedding invitations does not hinder in any way plaintiffs’ independent exercise of (their) religious belief.
Now, according to the Christian Institute, the Jesus-addled duo are to appeal Mullins’ judgment – with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the religious liberty group which recently took Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis on an anti-gay marriage mission to Romania.
Jonathan Scruggs, above, of the ADF said:
Breanna and Joanna are happy to create custom art for all people; they simply object to being forced to pour their heart, imagination, and talent into creating messages that violate their consciences.
Phoenix must allow them and any other artists to make their own decisions about which messages they will promote. That’s why we intend to appeal this decision.