Bigoted artists to appeal Phoenix gay wedding ruling

Bigoted artists to appeal Phoenix gay wedding ruling November 6, 2017

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.

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  • L.Long

    Fine little bigots that they are they can solve this very easily. Advertise as a PRIVATE xtian club, then you can be as bigoted as you wish!! At least then the rest of us will know you are not worth the time to go to!

  • John the Drunkard

    If Xtianity is their motive in this case, we should ask if they require proof of bridal virginity, refuse to work for divorced people, or withhold their services from Jews, Buddhists, or members of Xtian sects other than their own.

  • barriejohn

    John the Drunkard: Please don’t confuse the poor souls with appeal to facts, logic and rationality! What you hear when you associate with such holier-than-thou people is constant reference to: “The Lord led me…”; “The Lord told me…”; “The Lord laid it on my heart…”, and so on. It never occurs to them for one moment that it is most odd that this god whom they have constructed never fails to confirm their own preconceptions and prejudices. Why he supposedly gave them minds with which to think remains a mystery. And if they never wonder why this God of the Universe would be interested in the minutiae of the lives of people like themselves, they need to take a look some of the arguments put forward here:

  • andym

    The reference to “artists” in the last paragraph is revealing. It seems they’re now moving on to fighting on “freedom of expression,” rather than religion.

  • gedediah

    If they can discriminate against gays on the basis of freedom of religion or expression or whatever, then they can discriminate against anything. Inter-racial marriage? That’s why anti-descrimination laws exist.

  • barriejohn

    @andym: I did read that article. It’s quite clear, as @gedediah says: People should be free to hold whatever beliefs they wish. Artists and academics, etc, should have freedom of expression (I object to laws against “holocaust deniers” and the like, though they are nuts). But people running a business, or interacting with the public on behalf of the state or any other organization, have an obligation not to discriminate on any grounds whatsoever. Why this is so difficult for them to see I fail to understand.

  • andym

    And they’re not being prevented by anyone else from expressing their “artistry.”The only censorship is their self-censorship-by refusing to create “art” for certain groups and individuals.

  • H3r3tic

    Mr Scruggs’ comment on the situation is ridiculous; one cannot be “happy to create custom art for ALL people”(my emphasis) whilst at the same time refusing to put their talent into “creating messages that violate their consciences.” This epitomises the largely Christian problem that equality under the law is causing in Western society, i.e. your equality laws should not be applied to me or my business because I believe in bullshit that comes under the umbrella of religion.