Government Cannot Force Christian Filmmakers to Video Gay Weddings, Appeal Court Rules
An appeals court in Minnesota has ruled in favor of a Christian couple who refused to video same-sex marriages, according to the Christian Post. The couple filed a law suit in 2016 when Minnesota officials required them to comply.
According to the appeals court, the Minnesota Human Rights Act violated the First Amendment rights of Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group.
“Indeed, if Minnesota were correct, there is no reason it would have to stop with the Larsens. In theory, it could use the MHRA to require a Muslim tattoo artist to inscribe ‘My religion is the only true religion’ on the body of a Christian if he or she would do the same for a fellow Muslim, or it could demand that an atheist musician perform at an evangelical church service,” Circuit Judge David Stras argued.
However, Circuit Judge Jane Kelly was not as convinced.
“The Larsens remain free to communicate any message they desire—about same-sex marriage or any other topic—or no message at all,” she wrote. “What they cannot do is operate a public accommodation that serves customers of one sexual orientation but not others. And make no mistake, that is what today’s decision affords them license to do.”
The lawsuit began in December 2016 when the couple filed a lawsuit against the MHRA, believing that the new law would infringe on their religious beliefs. The lower
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