Wedding Invitation Biz Can't Block Phoenix Anti-Bias Law

Law360, New York (September 20, 2016, 6:53 PM EDT) -- Owners of a Phoenix art studio alleging a city ordinance violates their freedoms of speech and religion by requiring them to sell wedding invitations to same-sex couples can continue their lawsuit but cannot yet stop Phoenix from enforcing its law, an Arizona judge has ruled.

In her order Friday, Arizona Superior Court Judge Karen A. Mullins denied Phoenix's motion to dismiss the case and Brush & Nib Studio LC's motion for injunctive relief from Phoenix City Code Section 18-4(B), which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Judge Mullins said that although there is a dispute that requires the case to continue,...

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