In high school, Carl and Angel Larsen met at the local hospital to visit their science teacher who was battling cancer. Carl’s mother was also in the hospital at the time recovering from the removal of a non-malignant brain tumor, so they made their way to both rooms.
As Carl was caring for his mom, making sure she was comfortable and fluffing her pillow, Angel thought, “I want to marry a guy like that.”
Their first date was senior prom.
Now eight kids later, Carl still calls her “Mrs. Larsen,” based off the ending of the 2005 film rendering of Pride and Prejudice: “You may only call me ‘Mrs. Darcy’... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.” They smile at each other when they say, “We just love our marriage!”
It’s refreshing to see such a loving relationship in a culture that has attempted to redefine and devalue the institution of marriage.
As Christians, Carl and Angel believe that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman representing the relationship of Jesus Christ to his people. It’s a physical display of the Gospel. But they’ve seen the decline of marriage in culture, and they wanted to do something to help restore a biblical understanding of marriage. That is—something more—since they have been providing marriage and premarital counseling for years. Carl has even officiated two weddings.
The path forward soon became clear: they wanted use their God-given talents to tell compelling stories about God’s design for marriage as a lifelong union of one man and one woman. What better way to help communicate and celebrate a biblical understanding of marriage than by using their God-given talents in filmmaking?
As they considered entering the wedding industry, however, they discovered that a Minnesota law prevents them from filming these stories. Minnesota officials interpret the law to require the Larsens to make films celebrating same-sex marriages if they create films celebrating marriages between one man and one woman.
That’s in direct conflict with what the Larsens believe about marriage. Not to mention that it completely negates their reason for telling these stories in the first place.
That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on their behalf. The government cannot coerce individuals to speak and celebrate messages and events that violate their faith. Carl and Angel are taking a stand for the right of everyone to live and work consistently with their faith.
In many ways, their stand is a representation of what marriage should look like. They’re in it together – all for God’s glory.
Alliance Defending Freedom is here to protect the right of creative professionals, like the Larsens, to use their God-given talents in ways that are consistent with their beliefs.