Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, met at a Bible study for young adults and decided to start a small business, Brush and Nib Studio, which creates customized hand painting, hand lettering, and calligraphy for weddings and other events. When they started Brush and Nib, Joanna and Breanna didn’t leave their artistic and religious beliefs behind. Those beliefs provide their business its very purpose—to use their artistic talents full-time to proclaim their vision of what is good and beautiful.If they dare disobey, Phoenix can incarcerate them for six months and fine them up to $2,500 for each day of disobedience.
But shortly after starting their business, Joanna and Breanna discovered that Phoenix law requires them to create art endorsing same-sex wedding ceremonies because they create art for opposite-sex wedding ceremonies. The same law prohibits Joanna and Breanna from publishing statements explaining the artistic and religious beliefs that require them to only create art consistent with their religious belief supporting one-man/one-woman marriage.
If they dare disobey, Phoenix can incarcerate them for six months and fine them up to $2,500 for each day of disobedience.