FOUNDATION SUPPORTS CHRISTIAN MEDIA GROUP
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MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based organization that advocates the strict interpretation of the Constitution according to the intent of its Framers and defends traditional marriage and free exercise of religion, filed an amicus brief with the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals supporting Telescope Media Group, a Minnesota business that produces wedding videos, in the group’s refusal to produce a video celebrating a same-sex wedding.
Carl and Angel Larsen, the owners of Telescope Media Group, are devout Christians who believe the Scriptures forbid same-sex marriage and who therefore decline, on religious grounds, to produce videos of same-sex weddings. The State of Minnesota has implemented regulations which could require the Larsens to produce same-sex videos, and the Larsens have sued to invalidate these regulations. A federal district court dismissed their lawsuit, and the Larsens have appealed to the Eighth Circuit, arguing that the regulations violate their rights to free exercise of religion, free speech, freedom of association, and equal protection of the law.
Foundation President Kayla Moore explained the Foundation’s position: “Freedom of expression is expressly protected by the First Amendment, while same-sex marriage is at most only a court-created right. The State of Minnesota has twisted that court-created right to same-sex marriage into a right to force others to support and celebrate their same-sex wedding, and they now seek to elevate that right above God-given rights expressly enumerated in the Constitution. The Foundation will oppose this twisted interpretation of the Constitution with every fiber of our being.”
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe added, “The production of a video is a work of art that falls under the protection of the First Amendment. Compelled speech — forcing someone to say something he or she does not believe — is an even more egregious constitutional violation than prohibited speech. The Larsens should not have to surrender their constitutional rights in order to pursue their chosen profession.”
Eidsmoe explained further, “The underlying issue in this case is whether people who believe in traditional marriage may be forced out of business and out of the public arena. The Foundation believes there is a place in the American community for people like the Larsens, and we are honored to come to their defense.”