Christian Artists Could Face Jail in AZ for Refusing Service to Same-Sex Couples
Two Christian artists could face jail time under a new Arizona anti-discrimination ordinance that would punish them for refusing service for same-sex weddings.
Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka, of Brush & Nib Studio, are challenging the new law which stipulates they could face severe punishment for not creating artwork for same-sex weddings.
Their attorney, Kristen Waggoner, said they could be sentenced to six months in jail for every day they break the new law, plus the ensuing civil penalties and fees.
"Americans shouldn't have to wait to be thrown in jail before they can challenge an unjust law," said Waggoner, who noted that the women are preemptively challenging the law to avoid breaking it in the future.
Duka said that she and Koski "want to create [art] consistent with who we are, so we decided to bring this case."
Waggoner said the two do not want to be "banished from the marketplace" because they don't share "the government's view."
Eric Fraser, the lawyer representing Phoenix, said the women want the court system to "give them a blank check to refuse service" to same-sex couples.
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