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Florist, fire chief, printer targeted for their beliefs to speak at Iowa religious freedom rally

ADF attorney representing clients in freedom-of-conscience lawsuits available to media at event 
Published On: 10/18/2017

Attorney sound bite:  Jim Campbell 

WHO: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell
WHAT: Available for media interviews immediately following Rally for Religious Liberty
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 21, immediately following rally, which begins at 6:30 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Iowa Events Center, Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 730 3rd St., Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell will attend the Rally for Religious Liberty in Iowa Friday with several ADF clients, including Barronelle StutzmanKelvin Cochran, and Blaine Adamson, all of whom have been unjustly targeted by the government simply for living out their faith.

The three ADF clients will speak at the rally, and Campbell will be available for media interviews regarding their cases.
“Americans oppose unjust laws that strong-arm citizens to choose between their faith and their livelihood,” said Campbell. “Barronelle, Kelvin, Blaine, and numerous others like them around the country simply want to live out their faith and enjoy their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms without fear of punishment by the government.”
The ADF clients who will participate in the rally have suffered the following unjust treatment for acting consistently with their faith:
  •  Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, was sued by the state and the American Civil Liberties Union for declining to use her artistic abilities to design custom floral arrangements for a long-time customer’s same-sex ceremony.
  • The city and mayor of Atlanta terminated the employment of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran because in his personal time he wrote and self-published a book expressing his Christian beliefs regarding marriage and sexual morality. 
  • After Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals in Lexington, Kentucky, declined to print expressive shirts promoting a local pride festival, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ordered him to create shirts with messages that conflict with his faith.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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