Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech and Religious Rights

Washington Free Beacon | 9/17/2019 | Elizabeth Matamoros
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Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the city of Phoenix cannot coerce Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of custom invitation designing business Brush & Nib, to provide a service that violates their religious beliefs.

"Duka and Koski's beliefs about same-sex marriage may seem old-fashioned, or even offensive to some," the court said. "But the guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion are not only for those who are deemed sufficiently enlightened, advanced, or progressive. They are for everyone. After all, while our own ideas may be popular today, they may not be tomorrow."

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Duka and Koski started their business in 2015. The women hold that while they are willing to sell to and assist gay customers, they would not be willing to produce artwork that contradicts their beliefs. The city of Phoenix, however, has an ordinance that would penalize each of them for up to $2,500 per day and six months of jail time if they violated the nondiscrimination law.

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In 2016, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, representing Brush &...
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