Gay Marriage

NM Supreme Court Rules Photographer Can't Deny Services for Gay Marriage

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The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision Thursday that a wedding photographer who refused to provide services to a same-sex couple violated the state's Human Rights Act.

"[W]e conclude that a commercial photography business that offers its services to the public, thereby increasing its visibility to potential clients, is subject to the antidiscrimination provisions of the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that it serves opposite-sex couples," the state's highest court ruled. "Therefore, when Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the NMHRA in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races."

The ruling comes in the case of Elane Photography v. Vanessa Willock, which was filed after Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography in Albuquerque, turned away Vanessa Willock and her partner in 2006 on the grounds that photographing the ceremony would violate her religious beliefs.

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  1. This is why people are justifiably wary of gay “rights”.

    WTF is wrong with these people that they want to use the color of law, and presumably their own money, to force people who hate them to photograph their wedding? Yeah I’m sure those pictures will come out great.

    1. There’s nothing more desirable than a wedding photographer with animus.

  2. my best friend’s mom makes $78 an hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for seven months but last month her payment was $17593 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this site.???

    http://WWW.CNN13.COM

  3. Atheist or Muslim or Pagan couples? No prob, their money is still green. But GAY couples? Oh no. Accepting THEIR money would be a SIN.

    All the “Christian” companies that are fed up with civil rights laws? They should file suit to have them overturned. Who knows? Maybe they’ll win! Then we can go back to the old days when companies could fire Gay employees, restaurants could refuse service to Blacks, and landlords could refuse to rent to Muslims and Jews.

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