Carl and Angel Larsen own Telescope Media Group, a small business whose mission and purpose is to “glorify God through top-quality media production.”
As Christians, Carl and Angel believe that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman representing the relationship of Jesus Christ to his people. And they want to glorify God by telling marriage stories through film that reflect this reality.
But there is a Minnesota law standing in the way of them expanding their business to include wedding films. State officials interpret that law to require businesses that film weddings between one man and one woman to also film same-sex weddings. The Larsens face civil fines, triple compensatory damages awards, punitive damages up to $25,000, and even up to 90 days in jail for each violation of the law.
The Larsens have not publicly offered or provided their wedding film services because of the severe penalties they will incur if they make only those wedding films that are consistent with their faith. But they did create a wedding teaser video so that the court could see the kind of marriage stories they want to tell. Here is that video:
Rather than enter the wedding industry and face the severe penalties provided for under Minnesota law, Carl and Angel took a stand against this unconstitutional law before the government punishes them for running their business in accordance with their faith. The law violates both their freedom of speech and their free exercise of religion.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Carl and Angel to ask the court to halt enforcement of this speech-coercing law.
The Government Cannot Force Individuals to Speak or Promote a Message That Violates Their Faith
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