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Victory for photographer, other Wisconsin creative professionals

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs regarding a Dane County Circuit Court’s announcement at a hearing Tuesday in Amy Lynn Photography Studio v. City of Madison that it will issue an order declaring that Amy Lawson and her business are not subject to city and state laws that would otherwise control her artistic freedom because she does not have a physical storefront:

“The court’s announcement has important implications for everyone in Wisconsin who values artistic freedom. It means that government officials must allow creative professionals without storefronts anywhere in the city and state the freedom to make their own decisions about which ideas they will use their artistic expression to promote. The court found—and the city and state have now agreed—that such professionals cannot be punished under public accommodation laws for exercising their artistic freedom because those laws simply don’t apply to them. No one should be threatened with punishment for having views that the government doesn’t favor.”

The court has not yet issued its order but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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