5 Things You Should Know about the Minnesota Religious Freedom Case

5 Things You Should Know about the Minnesota Religious Freedom Case
Carl and Angel Larsen who own Telescope Media Group, a small Christian film business which “aim[s] to make God look more like He really is through our lives, business, and actions,” believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and to shoot a gay wedding would contradict their beliefs.

However, U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled against the Larsens. In his ruling, Tunheim stated, "Posting language on a website telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself. As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment." The Larsens and their legal representatives from Alliance Defending Freedom are planning to appeal the ruling. Here is what else you should know about this case.

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1. What’s the case about?

Carl and Angel Larsen are filmmakers in St. Cloud, Minnesota and the owners of Telescope Media Group, a company that “exists to glorify God through top-quality media production.” The Larsens want to expand their business to include wedding videos for public clients but are afraid the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) would prevent them from limiting their services to the expression of biblical marriage between a man and a woman.

With the aid of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Larsens are pursuing a pre-enforcement challenge to the law through the federal court system. Last week, though, the court denied their request and ruled in favor of the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. ADF is currently appealing the court’s decision.

 

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