The lawsuit asked the Arizona court to give Joanna, Breanna, and Brush & Nib the freedom to create artwork consistent with their artistic and religious beliefs and to explain these beliefs to others.
When the Arizona Court of Appeals allowed the sweeping Phoenix ordinance to stand, the artists appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear their challenge to the law.
“Artists shouldn’t be forced to create artwork contrary to their core convictions, and certainly not under threat of criminal fines and jail time,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs, who argued the case before the Court of Appeals. “The government must allow artists to make their own decisions about which messages they will promote.”
Joanna, Breanna, and Brush & Nib are now waiting for the Arizona Supreme Court to hear arguments and rule in their case. In the meantime, they continue to create art reflecting God’s beauty. And they hope to soon have the freedom to only create that art and to fully explain their artistic and religious beliefs to others.