A shocking Supreme Court decision was just issued. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is devastated — her agenda has been kicked down a few notches.
In a 4-3 ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court said that a Phoenix business named Brush & Nib Studio cannot be forced to make wedding invitations for an LGBTQ wedding. This ruling overturned previous lowered court decisions.
The owners of the business, Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. Their legal defense argued that their First Amendment rights would be violated if they were forced to make the invites.
The Arizona Supreme Court agreed. Writing for the majority, Justice Andrew Gould said, “The enduring strength of the First Amendment is that it allows people to speak their minds and express their beliefs without government interference.”
He continued: “But here, the City effectively cuts off Plaintiff’s right to express their beliefs about same-sex marriage by telling them what they can and cannot say.” Gould here is mentioning a city ordinance that set this whole case in motion.
When Duka and Koski refused to make the invitations for the LGBTQ wedding, they were sued under Phoenix’s anti-discrimination ordinance. Now, at least in Arizona, such ordinances can only be taken so far.
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