When Carl and Angel Larsen launched their video and film production company, Telescope Media Group, their mission was simple: to glorify God through top quality media production.
“We want to magnify God like a telescope.”
That mission is not only reflected in their work, but it also extends to every part of their lives, right down to their 12-foot dinner table. If you were to look underneath the table, you would see hundreds of names – names of guests that have shared a meal with them and their eight children.
The Larsens regularly welcome a diversity of people into their home. They love getting to know people from all walks of life and from all different religious and political backgrounds and beliefs. To them, it goes hand-in-hand with their desire to reflect God’s love to those around them.
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 also officiated two weddings.
But when the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Larsens began praying about how they could do their part to help restore a culture that understands the virtue of marriage between a man and a woman.
They soon realized that the answer was right before them…through the company they created together.
When the Larsens began to talk about expanding their business to include wedding cinematography, they were excited to use their God-given talents in filmmaking to promote and celebrate God’s design for marriage as the lifelong union between 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. This obviously defeats the purpose of their desire to enter the wedding film industry and, more importantly, violates their deeply-held beliefs. 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.
The State of Minnesota has no right to force them to speak a message that violates their faith, and that’s why Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit on the Larsen’s behalf.
Creative Professionals Must Be Allowed to Control Their Own Speech without Government Punishment
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