Arizona Supremes reviewing order Christians must promote homosexuality

Saturday, November 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

Ordinance accused of withholding religious freedom


The Arizona Supreme Court will review a case against a Phoenix ordinance that forces Christian artists to use their talents to promote homosexuality.

The ordinance also forbids public expression of the Christian beliefs that require celebrating only marriages between one man and one woman.

There were multiple requests for the court to act in the dispute, including one from state lawmakers who admitted they had no right to demand an opinion from the court.

But they said it would be helpful as they consider changes in state law to “foster freedom to the greatest extent for all Arizonans.”

The lawmakers noted the lower appeals court, which affirmed the Phoenix ordinance, apparently did not recognize the “competing speech rights of the petitioners.”

“The … decision assumed that equal access to public accommodations – an interest protected by Arizona statute – trumped the constitutional rights of free exercise and religious freedom as well as those of freedoms of speech and expression.”

A Phoenix art studio, Brush & Nib, which specializes in hand-painting, hand-lettering and calligraphy for weddings and other events, challenged the city ordinance that requires its Christian owners to provide the same promotion to same-sex weddings as they do for traditional weddings.

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