Carl and Angel Larsen are storytellers. They’re also Christians. And those two things are woven into everything they do. That’s just who they are.
Through their filmmaking business, Telescope Media Group (TMG), the Larsens are able to combine their artistic talents and their faith. That’s reflected in their very mission: TMG “exists to glorify God through top-quality media production.”
And yet, they are being threatened with fines and even jail time if they run their business according to their faith – declining to use their artistic talents to promote messages or celebrate events that contradict their beliefs.
The Larsens have long been passionate about seeing marriages and families flourish, and they have been involved in their church community, counseling both engaged and married couples. Carl has even officiated two weddings. Given this passion, they wanted to expand their business into the wedding industry, using their talents in filmmaking to show the beauty and goodness of marriage as God intends it, a union of one man and one woman.
But a Minnesota law says that if they create wedding videos for opposite-sex couples, then they also must create wedding videos for same-sex couples. If they refuse to create films celebrating same-sex wedding ceremonies, the penalties include a civil penalty paid to the state, triple compensatory damages, punitive damages of up to $25,000, and even up to 90 days in jail.
That didn’t leave the Larsens with much of a choice: Promote a message that conflicts with their faith or face fines and jail time.
No one should be forced to use their artistic talents to promote a message or event that violates their beliefs. So, with Alliance Defending Freedom’s help, the Larsens are challenging this unconstitutional law and standing up for the right not to be forced to speak a message with which they disagree.
Thanks to our generous ministry friends, we are able to provide them with the legal representation they need free of charge. In fact, our attorneys will be arguing before the court this week on the Larsens’ behalf.
Here’s How You Can Help
Laws like the one the Larsens face are popping up all over the country. We need your help to provide the representation that our clients need to stand up to these laws and defend religious freedom. Will you help us provide the best legal defense possible for the Larsens and others like them?
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