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

Friday Nov 8, 2013

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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  • , 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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