Judge Rules Against Photographers
by Bethany Monk
The New Mexico Supreme Court said today a couple must compromise their religious beliefs and photograph same-sex ceremonies. Elaine Huguenin runs Elane Photography in Albuquerque with her husband, Jonathan. In 2006, she declined Vanessa Willock’s request to photograph a “commitment ceremony.” New Mexico has not created same-sex marriages or same-sex civil unions.
“This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted.” Even though Willock found another photographer, she filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission. In 2008, the commission ordered Huguenin to pay $6,637.94 to Willock saying she violated the state’s “sexual orientation” discrimination law.
ADF appealed the commission’s decision. In 2012, the state…
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