Wisconsin photographer wins big for free speech and religion
Logos Post News Desk - A Wisconsin based photographer won an important case this week for free speech and freedom of religion, when the court ruled in her favor that she can operate her business according to her belief and conscience.
In Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison, plantiff Amy Lawson, a professional photographer and blogger argued that because she works from her home-office and does not operate a storefront, she should not be subject to the city's "public accomodations" law that would require her to participate in events that would violate her conscience, including same-sex weddings and abortion.
Family Policy Alliance reports, "Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Neiss determined in a court hearing in the case Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison that he would issue an order that declares Lawson and her home-based business are not subject to the city’s public accommodations ordinance or the state’s public accommodations law. Both the state and the city agreed to this resolution."
“What this decision means, is that creative professionals in Wisconsin and in Madison, those who, like Amy, don’t have storefronts, have the freedom to determine what ideas they will promote using their artistic talents," Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action told the Family Policy Alliance. "In other words, the City of Madison and the State of Wisconsin can’t punish these professionals for exercising their freedom of speech artistically, even if the city or state disagrees with what they are saying.”