August 20, 2012 Print

New Mexico Supreme Court Takes Photography Case

by Bethany Monk

The New Mexico Supreme Court announced Thursday it will review a case involving a Christian photographer who was fined thousands of dollars for turning down a request from two women to take pictures at a same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006.

Elaine Huguenin says her and her husband’s Christian beliefs would not allow them to shoot the event.

In June, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) appealed a court decision upholding the 2008 ruling by state’s Human Rights Commission, stating Huguenin was guilty of “sexual orientation discrimination.” The commission ordered her to pay $6,600 in legal fees.

“Right now, at this point in history, we’re seeing an attack on those who define marriage only as one man and one woman,” ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence told CitizenLink. “We should protect all businesses, no matter what their beliefs are, from this kind of government intrusion to force them to promote messages they don’t agree with.”

Read the New Mexico Supreme Court order for Elane Photography v. Willock.



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