- The Washington Times - Friday, August 23, 2019

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that two Minnesota wedding videographers can challenge the state’s public accommodations law that they say would force them to make videos for same-sex couples, against their own beliefs.

Carl and Angel Larsen, who operate Telescope Media Group, oppose the state law requiring them to produce videos of same-sex ceremonies for customers who ask, arguing it tramples on their First Amendment rights.

A lower court had dismissed their lawsuit, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, reinstated it Friday.

The appeals court ordered the district judge to hear the case.

“The Larsens’ videos are a form of speech that is entitled to First Amendment protection,” wrote Judge David Stras, a Trump appointee.

Judge Jane Kelly, an Obama appointee, dissented, saying Minnesota’s law isn’t content-based and doesn’t force violations of free speech rights.

The case is one of several lawsuits challenging public accommodations laws across the country related to the wedding industry.

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