Christian Filmmakers Refuse to Provide Services for Gay Wedding
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Dec 08
A Christian couple who owns a filmmaking business are filing a lawsuit because they don’t want to be forced to provide their services for same-sex weddings.
According to CBN News, Carl and Angel Larsen of Minnesota own Telescope Media Group.
"The whole purpose of Telescope, regardless of what project we're doing, is to glorify God and make much of Him in every project that we do," Carl Larsen explains.
The couple says it goes against their religious beliefs to use their videographing skills and their business to capture moments that glorify gay marriage.
With backing from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the couple have filed a lawsuit challenging the Minnesota law that could potentially force them to provide services for a same-sex wedding.
ADF legal counsel Jeremy Tedesco explains the law that conflicts with the Larsens’ beliefs:
"The human rights department has been very aggressive stating on their website and in various other official proclamations that they intend to enforce the law. A law that has criminal penalties as part as what they could face, fines and even jail time as possible penalties."
If they refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, the Larsens could face a fine of up to $25,000 as well as 90 days in jail.
Tedesco went on to compare the Larsens’ case to that of fashion designer Sophie Theallet who refused to design clothes for Melania Trump, citing her disagreement with the Trumps’ political views.
"Even though the law in D.C. prohibits 'political affiliation' discrimination, do any of us really think the designer should be threatened with fines and jail time," Tedesco questioned. "The Larsens simply seek to exercise these same freedoms, and that's why they filed this lawsuit to challenge Minnesota's law."
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Publication date: December 8, 2016