Telescope Media Group v. Lucero

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Description:  The Minnesota Human Rights Act forces Carl and Angel Larsen and their company, Telescope Media Group, to use their filmmaking talents to promote same-sex marriages if they produce films that celebrate marriage between one man and one woman.

ADF responds to MN attorney general’s announcement in Telescope Media case

Thursday, October 03, 2019

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco regarding the Minnesota attorney general’s decision to further pursue filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen in federal district court rather than appeal the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s decision against the state in August in Telescope Media Group v. Lucero:

“Carl and Angel won a great free speech victory at the 8th Circuit, which rightly affirmed that the government has no power to force people to express messages that violate their deepest convictions. This principle protects everyone. It means the state can’t threaten the Larsens with jail time for declining to create a film promoting a view of marriage that violates their religious beliefs. It also prevents the government from forcing an atheist musician to perform at an evangelical church service or a Democratic speech writer to write speeches for a Republican.

“After the Larsens won at the 8th Circuit, the Minnesota attorney general agreed to an order from the court preventing it from enforcing the law against the Larsens while the case proceeds. Carl and Angel are pleased that they will soon be able to enter the marriage industry and produce films that are consistent with their beliefs. We look forward to securing a final victory that prevents the state from using its power to banish people of faith from the public square.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Tedesco (Teh-DESS’-koh)
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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Monday, October 07, 2019

Previous news releases:

  • 2019-08-23: Appeals court: First Amendment allows MN filmmakers ‘to choose when to speak and what to say’
  • 2018-10-15: Facing threat of fines and jail time, filmmakers appeal to court: ‘Protect our films from govt control’
  • 2018-02-13: 10 states among those expressing support for artistic freedom of Minnesota filmmakers
  • 2018-01-22: Filmmakers to appeals court: Don’t allow govt to control our stories
  • 2017-10-20: Minnesota filmmakers appeal ruling that allows state to control their stories
  • 2017-09-20: ADF to appeal ruling that allows Minnesota officials to control filmmakers’ stories
  • 2017-05-25: Minnesota filmmakers to court: Stop state from controlling stories we tell
  • 2017-01-13: Minnesota filmmakers ask court to halt state control of their films
  • 2016-12-06: Minnesota filmmakers’ lawsuit puts freedom in focus


  • Jeremy Tedesco: The state's decision proves legal weakness of discrimination argument (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2019-10-07)
  • Maureen Collins: 8th Circuit dealt a huge blow to government-compelled speech (Christian Post, 2019-10-01)
  • Kate Anderson: Eighth Circuit rules government can’t force Christians to work same-sex ceremonies (The Federalist, 2019-09-16)
  • Jay Hobbs: Victory for Christian filmmakers is a win for everyone (Ricochet, 2019-09-06)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: Can a state rewrite a movie script? (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-02)
  • Carl Larsen: Ruling in filmmaking/marriage case is a win for free speech (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2019-08-28)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: Federal appeals court picks up where Masterpiece Cakeshop left off (National Review, 2019-08-28)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: Opposite of free speech (Thinking Minnesota, 2018-12)
  • Carl Larsen: Filmmakers: State shouldn't decide what marriage stories we must tell (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2018-10-20)
  • Carl Larsen: Preserve freedom, including religious convictions, for everyone (St. Cloud Times, 2017-10-21)
  • Angel Larsen: Christian videographer: Let's live together in peace instead of silencing those with whom we disagree (Fox News, 2017-10-20)
  • James Gottry: Court put state law above First Amendment in wedding video case (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2017-09-27)
  • Jim Campbell: Arguments separating fashion designers from other artists aren’t worthy of the runway (National Review, 2017-01-23)
  • Jim Campbell: Designers can refuse to dress the Trumps. Other artists should have the same freedom. (Washington Post, 2017-01-18)
  • Jordan Lorence: Because of Trump, The Left suddenly cares about conscience rights again (The Federalist, 2017-01-04)
  • Jonathan Scruggs: Lawsuit: Businesses have same right as people (St. Cloud Times, 2016-12-24)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: Minnesota wants to censor and coerce Christian artists (The Gospel Coalition, 2016-12-22)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: The Left’s discrimination double standard: artistic freedom for me, but not for thee (CNS News, 2016-12-13)
  • Carl Larsen: Religious beliefs and the marketplace: We’re acting pre-emptively to protect our rights (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2016-12-07)

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