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Gov’t to filmmakers: Do it our way, or go to jail By Chris Woodward

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Two Christian filmmakers are asking a federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuit and prevent the government from controlling their stories.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys representing a pair of Minnesota filmmakers filed their opening brief on appeal Friday in a lawsuit (Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey) challenging a state law that allows the government to control the stories they tell (see video below). The law allows Minnesota to punish Carl and Angel Larsen (pictured right) with fines and jail time if they create wedding films consistent with their faith while declining to create wedding films promoting contrary views.

“We filed an appeal brief at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of our clients, asking the 8th Circuit … to reinstate their lawsuit and to instruct the lower occur to issue an injunction in their favor,” explains ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco. “… Not only did [the lower court] disagree with our claims in the case, but it threw the case out – so we’re asking the 8th Circuit to change that.”

The attorney adds: “The state doesn’t have any interest whatsoever in threatening filmmakers with fines and even jail time simply because they declined to create films that violate their beliefs.”

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