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Anti-Gay NM Business Appeals Court Ruling in Gay Bias Case

Friday Nov 8, 2013
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The nation’s highest court is being asked to overturn a ruling that an Albuquerque business owned by gay marriage opponents violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony.

A law firm representing Elane Photography filed the appeal Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is expected to decide in late fall or over the winter whether to hear the case.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in August that the business’s refusal in 2006 to photograph the ceremony involving two women violated the state’s Human Rights Act.

Lawyers for the business say the ruling violates the business owners’ free speech rights by compelling them to "express messages that conflict with their religious beliefs."

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  • Anonymous, 2013-11-08 22:24:34

    i’m conflicted here.......i’m sure there are other photographers who would welcome the business.....what if this gay couple owned a bakery and the Westboro Baptist Church tried to commission them to bake a cake to celebrate "God Hates Fags"...? under the same law, they would then have to bake that cake.

  • lostregatto, 2013-11-09 00:26:05

    I see this quite clearly: if a private business does not wish to participate in anything, they shouldn’t be obligated to do so. These are the situations the religious zealots use against us, we cannot allow them to be right. Whatever couple is suing this business needs a slap to the head and a wake-up call from reality!

  • Bob K, 2013-11-09 07:24:19

    Both of the above comments are disgusting. The first is just plain ridiculous and fearful. The second is completely ignorant of equal rights laws and anti-discrimination laws-- either you are open to the public, or you are not.

  • Anonymous, 2013-11-09 07:57:55

    A comparison to the French marriage law might be interesting here. In France, a mayor can decide NOT to marry a couple -which respects his rights- BUTmust delegate to ceremony to some other official in his town -to respect the residents’ rights. As a lesbian SB owner, I would feel threatened serving homophobes but would gladly provide them with names of other business es.

  • Anonymous, 2013-11-09 09:22:52

    So a person who believes races shouldn’t mix should be able to deny services from interracial couples? It confuses me why people feel like providing a service violates your rights. Can they deny me service at a restaurant when I’m with my partner? If they believe homosexuality is wrong then they could deny me many services outside of marriage.

  • Anonymous, 2013-11-09 09:43:06

    first the jews then the blacks... enough already have we not learned to refuse one individual is discrimination. a business must serve the public. the public is everyone.

  • Wayne M., 2013-11-12 20:58:29

    Whether it is a homophobic business, church, political party or whatever, the best thing we can do is deny them our support and patronage - and that same goes for any organization that practices any other form of discrimination. There are many other businesses, churches, political parties and other organizations where everyone is welcome.

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