Remember the New Mexico photographer who got sued after declining to photograph a lesbian couple's wedding, citing religious objections to same-sex marriage? Her name is Elaine Huguenin. In Slate , Mark Joseph Stern has branded her a "homophobe" and an "anti-gay bigot" whose actions sprung from hatred. Insofar as I've found, nothing in the public record establishes that this Christian photographer is afraid of gay people, or intolerant of them, or that she bears any hatred toward gays or lesbians.
Supreme Court Rejects Gay Wedding Photography Case
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Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, the owners of the studio, Elane Photography, in Albuquerque, oppose same-sex unions. In a statement, a lawyer for the Huguenins, Jordan W. It is the same provision invoked by gay and lesbian couples arguing for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. Indeed, the reaction on the right to this decision has mirrored many of those arguments. However, as Rod Dreher notes, this was a case that involved more than just religious liberty:. There is simply no way not to see photography as an art. The New Mexico court disagreed.
Refusing to Photograph a Gay Wedding Isn't Hateful
The denial leaves standing a decision by the state's highest court that went against the photo studio — although the local dispute has been long since rendered moot. The case would have posed an important constitutional question with potentially sweeping implications: whether merchants whose products are inherently expressive must serve customers even when it conflicts with their beliefs. That could include marketers, advertisers, publicists, website designers, writers, videographers and photographers — and perhaps others.
Justices will not debate New Mexico's highest court, which ruled against company for refusing service to a same-sex ceremony. In Elane Photography v Willock, a New Mexico photographer sued after a state human rights commission fined the photographer for its refusal in to work a same-sex commitment ceremony. The commission made the photographer pay the legal fees of the couple, Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth.