Christian Videographers Lose Lawsuit To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Customers
Two Christian videographers, Carl and Angel Larsen, sued Minnesota’s state commissioner of human rights and attorney general in December 2017 in an effort to discriminate against same-sex customers.
Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled on Sept. 21, 2018 against the Larsen’s lawsuit, and for a provision of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) that bans discrimination by businesses, notes the Star Tribune.
The Larsens, who own the Telescope Media Group, want to go into the wedding filming business and publicly post a notice on their website that says they will deny services to same-sex couples.
Tunheim described that as “conduct akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign”:
Posting language on a website telling potential customers that a business will discriminate based on sexual orientation is part of the act of sexual orientation discrimination itself. As conduct carried out through language, this act is not protected by the First Amendment.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a national Christian legal group that often defends Christian businesses against LGBT customers, represents the Larsens and plans to appeal to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and seek a preliminary injunction.
(Source: Star Tribune, Photo Credit: Alliance for Defending Freedom)