Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Description:  A Phoenix art studio that specializes in hand-painting, hand-lettering, and calligraphy for weddings and other events is challenging a city ordinance that forces the studio’s two owners to use their artistic talents to promote same-sex ceremonies. The ordinance also forbids them from publicly expressing the Christian beliefs that prevent them from doing so and that require them to create art celebrating only marriages between one man and one woman.


Phoenix artists to appeals court: Protect our expression from govt control


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs regarding the notice of appeal filed Tuesday with the Arizona Court of Appeals in Brush & Nib Studio v. City of Phoenix:

“No American should be threatened with jail time for disagreeing with the government. It’s unjust, unlawful, and unnecessary to force a painter, calligrapher, or a cake artist to create artistic expression against their will and intimidate them into silence. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Breanna Koski and Joanna Duka are happy to create custom art for all people; they simply object to being forced to pour their heart, imagination, and talent into creating messages that violate their conscience.”

ADF attorneys also represent cake artist Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop in another artistic freedom case, which is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on Dec. 5.

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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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Previous news releases:

  • 2017-10-25: Painter, calligrapher to appeal decision that allows Phoenix to control artistic expression
  • 2017-08-24: Phoenix artists to court: Protect our expression from government control
  • 2017-03-09: Artists to appeals court: Halt Phoenix ordinance that punishes artistic freedom with jail time
  • 2016-09-21: Artists ask appeals court to halt Phoenix ordinance that threatens jail time for disagreeing with govt
  • 2016-09-19: Court won’t temporarily suspend Phoenix ordinance, artists may appeal
  • 2016-05-12: Jail time for Phoenix artists who disagree with government?

Commentary:
  • James Gottry: The war on wedding vendors is ultimately a war on free thought (The Federalist, 2016-11-03)
  • James Gottry: How the government should punish Colin Kaepernick’s anti-patriotism (The Federalist, 2016-10-12)
  • Jonathan Scruggs: Forced speech is un-American (Arizona Republic, 2016-10-10)
  • Jonathan Scruggs: Brush & Nib suit about artistic freedom (Phoenix Business Journal, 2016-06-03)
  • Jeremy Tedesco: Phoenix artists sue rather than create art for same sex weddings (Arizona Republic, 2016-06-03)

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