An Arizona judge has denied a wedding store the challenge to a Phoenix ordinance that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Judge Karen Mullins ruled last week that the city’s regulation is not in conflict with the law, reject the arguments, presented by a wedding invitation designers Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, who was trying to get around the city law, the Arizona Republic reported.
The designers’ lawyers argued that the city mandate would force Christian businesses to provide services for same-sex couples, despite their religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. Such requirements would be in conflict with the constitution.
The court said that the regulation is not in conflict with the freedom of expression and the freedom of expression, rights of the woman in the case, which suggests that women are still able to make use of their religion as they see fit.
“The printing of the same sex persons names on the wedding invitations does not interfere in any way plaintiffs’ independent exercise of his (their) faith by attending the church of their choice, who are involved in religious activities or functions, and expressing their faith on their corporate website and literature or in their personal life,” the judge wrote.
The case is expected to be subjected to an appeal, with ADF lawyer Jonathan Scruggs telling the Republic: “People should not be compelled to promote views that they disagree with.”