Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Description:  A sweeping Madison, Wisconsin, ordinance and a state law force commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs. For example, a Madison-based speechwriter who opposes President Trump would be subject to severe punishment if she refused to write a speech for him. Under these same laws, Amy Lawson and her company, Amy Lynn Photography Studio, are required to create photographs and blog posts promoting pro-abortion groups and same-sex marriages if she creates content that promotes pro-life organizations or that celebrates the marriage of one man and one woman. Combined, the laws also forbid creative professionals from posting a statement on their website explaining that the artist reserves discretion not to use their artistic talents to promote messages or causes that are inconsistent with their deepest convictions, even though business owners in these professions frequently decline projects for these reasons.


Court solidifies victory for photographer, other Wisconsin creative professionals


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

 
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs regarding court orders that a Dane County Circuit Court issued Wednesday and on Aug. 11 in Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison declaring that Amy Lawson and her business are not subject to city and state laws that would otherwise control her artistic freedom because she does not have a physical storefront:

“The court’s judgment has vital implications for everyone in Wisconsin who values artistic freedom. The court found—and the city and state have now agreed—that creative professionals without storefronts can’t be punished under public accommodation laws for exercising their artistic freedom because those laws simply don’t apply to them. It means that government officials must allow such professionals anywhere in the city and state the freedom to make their own decisions about which ideas they will promote with their artistic expression. The court’s orders bring this case to a close, and we are pleased that Amy and many other artists in Madison and throughout the state can pursue their work without fear of government censorship.”

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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Previous news releases:

  • 2017-08-01: Victory for photographer, other Wisconsin creative professionals
  • 2017-07-31: Wis. photographer asking court to shutter enforcement of laws allowing govt control of artistic expression
  • 2017-03-07: Wisconsin photographer, blogger tied up by law that would also force writer to work for Trump

Commentary:

  • Jonathan Scruggs: Why a Madison photographer is challenging laws regulating her artistic freedom (Madison Capital Times, 2017-03-09)

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