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Christian Artists Who Want To Refuse LGBTQ Customers Get Narrow Court Victory

The Arizona Supreme Court agreed that the city of Phoenix can't force the wedding card designers to create custom invitations for same-sex couples.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court says the free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by Phoenix’s anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it illegal for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples for religion reasons.

The 4-3 decision on Monday reverses lower-court rulings that were favorable to the city.

The Supreme Court says its ruling is limited to only the creation of custom wedding invitations by Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski and isn’t a blanket exemption from the ordinance for all their business operations.

The artists believe a marriage should be between only a man and woman.

The court says the city can’t force the two artists to make same-sex wedding invitations in violation of the religious beliefs by telling them what they can and can’t say.

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