A husband-and-wife duo who started their own filmmaking company in St. Cloud, Minnesota, have filed a lawsuit against Minnesota’s attorney general and commissioner of human rights stating that their constitutional rights are being violated. The human rights commission enforces a state act that demands all businesses who do weddings to provide services for same-sex “weddings.”
Carl and Angel Larsen are Christians and believe they should not be forced to participate as a business in anything that goes against their sincerely held religious beliefs. Their film company has been in existence for eight years. They are being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Attorney Jeremy Tedesco of the ADF has released a statement, saying, “This is a right everybody has, not just a right in the realm of marriage… We wouldn’t want … an atheist singer forced to sing Christian hymns at a Church. These are choices creative professionals can make. The worry is if the government can take it away from people like the Larsens, what’s to stop it from taking away from everyone else?”
The Larsens say they don’t mind working with anyone regardless of their background or lifestyle, but when it comes to the content they produce, it’s their right not to create something that promotes a message they don’t agree with, including content that’s racist, speaks positively about abortion, or is misogynistic. Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey believes Minnesota will win the case. The ACLU accuses the lawsuit of being aimed at “eroding the rights of LGBTQ Minnesotans,” and potentially opening “the door to a vast array of discrimination” should the Larsens prevail.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:17
Source: Stephen Montemayor, St. Cloud couple file suit so they can deny wedding services to same-sex couples, StarTribune.com, December 6, 2016.