Wedding invitation designers Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, filed a lawsuit to challenge the city ordinance out of fear they'd be put in jail for refusing to create custom invitations that "celebrate same-sex marriage," the court decision says.
The city ordinance prohibits public accommodations from discriminating against people of protected status -- which includes sexual orientation.
But neither the state nor federal civil rights accommodation statutes "lists sexual orientation as a legally protected status," the decision says.
Both the owners are Christians and seek to operate their business "consistent with their religious beliefs," the court says.
Having that freedom means being able to "peacefully live and work according to their beliefs without fear of unjust punishment," Duka said.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona called the decision "disappointing," but emphasized the ruling was not a "blanket license" for businesses to discriminate, but was specific only to the Phoenix business.
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PARIS (AP) — Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum.
Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in an interview broadcast Monday on France’s Inter radio that “protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act” and that he feels entitled to get protected status in France.
Snowden unsuccessfully applied for asylum in France in 2013 under Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande.
He has also sought asylum in several other countries.
Snowden’s memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time, will be released Tuesday in about 20 countries, including France.