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Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey

Case Seeking Religious Exemption from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: October 16, 2018
Status: Awaiting Ruling from 8th Circuit
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Telescope Media Case Overview:

Carl and Angel Larsen own a video production company, Telescope Media, which provides videography services to couples getting married. The couple, who oppose marriage for same-sex couples, sought to preempt Minnesota’s Human Rights Act (MHRA) which prevents discrimination in business.

Latest in the Case:

On September 20, 2017, Judge Leo I. Brisbois rejected free exercise, freedom of expression, and expressive association claims brought on behalf of Minnesota videographers who object to making videos for same-sex couples’ weddings. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in appeal of that ruling in October 2018. We are awaiting a decision in this case.

Case History:

  • December 6, 2016: The plaintiffs, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, file their complaint against Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and Lori Swanson, Attorney General of Minnesota.
  • January 13, 2017: The plaintiffs file a Motion for Preliminary Injunction, seeking to prevent the state from enforcing the MHRA against them.
  • February 15, 2017: The defendants file a Motion to Dismiss these claims.
  • May 26, 2017: Judge John R. Tunheim holds a hearing on the Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Motion to Dismiss.
  • September 20, 2017: Judge Tunheim rejects the plaintiffs’ free exercise, freedom of expression, and expressive association claims. ADF announces its intention to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Appellate briefing is completed.
  • October 16, 2018: The 8th Circuit hears oral argument in this case.

Last Updated February 15, 2019

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