On Thursday, lawyers on behalf of two Christian owners of a calligraphy art studio, Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, preemptively filed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix over its so-called LGBT non-discrimination ordinance to ensure their rights guaranteed to them by the First Amendment.
The owners of Brush & Nib Studio fear that such an ordinance would force them into creating art for ceremonies which violate their religious precepts. Additionally, attorneys argue that, because the studio creates art, their transactions “should be considered free speech that cannot be censored or compelled by government,” reports The Daily Caller.
Brush & Nib Studio specializes “in hand-painting, hand-lettering, and calligraphy for weddings” and other special events.
An attorney from Alliance Defending Freedom representing the studio, Jon Scruggs explained, “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.” He added, “In reality, the case is pretty simple when you boil it down: no American, including artists, should have the government force them to create art against their artistic and religious beliefs.”
“In reality, the case is pretty simple when you boil it down: no American, including artists, should have the government force them to create art against their artistic and religious beliefs.”
-Jon Scruggs, Attorney for Brush & Nib Studio
The lawsuit is preemptive. In other words, no legal action has been taken against the studio for violating the ordinance up to this point; it’s being filed in fear that they will run into problems soon, considering the climate of big government style overreach in the guise of “non-discrimination” measures across the nation.
Turns out, Koski and Duka were correct. The city is vehemently fighting back, completely disregarding the studio’s First Amendment rights.
“The Phoenix non-discrimination ordinance protects fundamental civil rights for everyone, and we will defend it aggressively,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
Of course, big money penalties lie in the wake of violating the Left. If the studio loses the lawsuit and thus is forced to service ceremonies which violate their religious beliefs, they will face fines up to $2,500 and six months of jail time if they do not comply.
H/T The Daily Caller