Outrageous Christian Artists Could Be Fined, Jailed for Refusing to Make Same-Sex Wedding Invitations
Two Arizona-based Christian artists face fines and the possibility of being jailed after they refused to make invitations for same-sex weddings.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski own Brush & Nib Studio, a stationery company that makes invitations for different events, including weddings.
Following their refusal to create invitations for a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs, they are accused of violating an ordinance in the city of Phoenix that protects homosexuals from discrimination.
The city ordinance also prohibits Duka and Koski "from explaining to customers and the public why they could only create art consistent with their beliefs about marriage."
Kristen Waggoner, the attorney who's representing Duka, Koski and other area business owners, joined Shannon Bream on "The Kelly File" tonight to discuss the case after losing at the trial level.
"We don't force artists to create artistic expression under threat of jail time," Waggoner argued.
"Americans don't give up their constitutional rights because they want to earn a living a feed their children, nor do artists," she added.
Waggoner said the First Amendment protects this sort of religious expression, so they've filed an appeal and she's confident that another judge will see the case differently.
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