GAY COUPLE-PHOTO DISCRIMINATION
Court rules against photographer in gay bias case
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has ruled that a commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated state anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court said the business's refusal in 2006 to photograph the ceremony involving two women violated New Mexico's Human Rights Act. The court ruled that the company violated the law "in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races."
Elane Photography refused to photograph the ceremony because the co-owner said it violated her religious beliefs.
The court rejected arguments that the anti-discrimination law violated the photographer's right to free speech and the free exercise of religious beliefs. A lawyer for the business, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, sharply criticized the ruling and said an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is under consideration.
277-a-14-(Jordan Lorence,, senior counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, in AP interview)-"good conscience do"-Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jordan Lorence says provinding the service would have gone against the firm's religious beliefs. (22 Aug 2013)
Created: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:14:44 EST
Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:14:44 EST