Friday, June 8, 2012

Court Awards Damages Against Photographers For Standing by Their Faith

The Alliance Defense Fund is representing a husband and wife business that declined a request to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony.”  A lesbian woman asked the business if they would handle the ceremony.  The business said thanks, but we handle traditional weddings.  The lesbian’s partner called the business and without disclosing the nature of the ceremony asked if the business would photograph their wedding. 

A lawsuit followed.  Although the government of New Mexico does not recognize same-sex “marriage,” civil unions, or domestic partnerships for homosexuals, the court ruled that Elane Photography had engaged in illegal discrimination based on sexual preference under the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA).

The Alliance Defense Fund, which was representing the business owners, has decided to appeal the case to a higher court.

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