PHOENIX, AZ — (09-17-19) (Gay News) — Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of two Christian Artists who refused to serve LGBTQ customers, in effect, approving anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
The court ruled on a 4-3 vote on Monday saying that the free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations, were violated by the city of Phoenix’ anti-discrimination ordinance, which made the actions of the two Christian artists illegal for refusing to serve same-sex couples.
The ruling on Monday also reverses lower-court rulings that ruled in favor of the city. The Supreme Court says its ruling is limited to only the creation of custom wedding invitations by Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka.
Arizona Supreme Court strikes a blow to LGBTQ Community
The justices also said that their ruling isn’t a blanket exemption from the ordinance for all their business operations.
According to the two Christian artists, their beliefs strictly say that a marriage should be between a man and woman.
The court ruled that Phoenix can’t force the two Christian artists to make same-sex wedding invitations in violation of their religious beliefs by telling them what they can and can’t say.
No word yet if Phoenix officials will appeal the court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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