Minnesota may be showing a lack of trust in the federal judicial system.
Minnesota lost its appeal of a case before the Eighth Circuit Court involving photographers who choose not to provide services for weddings of same-gender pairs, and the state has decided not to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court because of its conservative judges.
But Jeremy Tedesco of Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow legal issues and freedoms of speech are not partisan issues.
"They're not issues that should or do matter when it comes to the political leanings or affiliations of judges, or which president appointed which justices to the Supreme Court," he asserts. "That's at least the way we look at it. We feel like the claims we make and are making in this case and all our cases are claims that should win in front of any judge."
Tedesco adds that the freedoms were placed in the Bill of Rights to make sure the government did not tread on them.
"It's really important to understand that we won nine cases in the past eight years at the U.S. Supreme Court," he notes. "We sometimes won unanimous wins; we sometimes won 7-2, and we often were winning the votes of justices that were appointed by Democrats."
What Minnesota plans to do is to go back to the lower federal district court to try to prove that the photographers have to violate their constitutionally-protected rights of freedom of religion and speech and film same-sex weddings.