A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico´s anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple´s commitment ceremony, the state´s highest court ruled unanimously Thursday. Elaine Huguenin, who owns Elane Photography with her husband and is the business´s principal photographer, refused to photograph the ceremony because it violated her religious beliefs. The court held that "a commercial photography business that offers its services to the public, thereby increasing its visibility to potential clients" is bound by the New Mexico Human Rights Act "and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that
Comments: The answer to my morally lazy friends who have been saying about gay marriage "What difference does it make." Next, outlawing Mothers and Fathers Day, safe-sodomy as required in "health" class for students, hate laws for churches that won´t perform "marriages. Mark my words.
This is so wrong. I hope they do pursue their case to the Supreme Court. Pray for a good outcome as it affects all who profess to be believers.
It also affects the well-being of those who are not believers, but many are too blind to realize that a government that tries to force Christians to go against their faith will eventually find themselves being vulnerable to the same enslavement of their lives.
The "couple" found another photographer for their "wedding," therefore their lawsuit is only for revenge. Gays are becoming so vicious that they are going to do everything they can to destroy people who disagree with them, with their celebrity supporters cheering them on every step of the way. Someday enough will be enough and it will end badly for them.
Does this mean I can force a company that doesn´t allow weapons on their property to serve or sell to me because I am exercising my constitutionally protected right to carry a firearm? This would seem to me to be the same type of discrimination.
Sorry folks but this law will be upheld by the SCOTUS also. The homosexuals just added themselves to the already well established laws prohibiting people from refusing to let blacks eat at restaurants or rent certain apartments etc. Note the law also covers something they call "gender identity" - which means pretending you are the opposite sex.
And taking bad photos would also have resulted in a lawsuit. It is hard for normal people to realize how far gone we actually are.
Then why can vendors not drag customers in off the street and force them to spend their money ? If you choose not to enter my store is that not discriminatory ? Once the goober-stazi gets involved there is no end to the evil foolishness. Why is the party with products or services required to be magnanimous while the customer is not ? When did this become the gobbermint´s business ?
Outrageous and at the same time no surprise. We always knew the gays were just trying to get enough of a toe hold on the system to really start whaling on all aspects of American life and freedoms. Get ready for more --- much more! --- of this kind of thing.
And agree with OP. All of these things will be commonplace in the not too distant future. It´s obviously reached the tipping point. The sad thing is that when the law is diametrically opposed to the morals of a large part of the nation, it´s the law that loses stature and respect. Loss of respect from some of its formerly most fervent believers, as it turns out. Ironic, ain´t it?
#5, you are right. Very vocal. Last year I sat on a jury for an "indecent exposure" trial that had taken 2.5 yrs to work it´s way through the court system. A gay couple brought suit against a neighbor for allegedly exposing himself to them. The real story was that the gay couple had been photographing the neighbors KIDS (from THEIR OWN property) for the past year and refused to stop. The neighbor got a restraining order, but the gay guys continued to photograph the children and now the wife from afar. One day, the neighbor waited until one of the guys went down to their adjoining mailboxes and said, "You want to photograph something so badly, how about THIS?"...and he dropped his drawers and mooned the gay guy---allegedly causing irreparable damage to the gay man. The gay partner was videoing the incident from afar. The judge explained the AZ definition of "indecent exposure" to the jury and we had to sort thru pics to see whether the neighbor´s butt crack was showing or not. I am completely serious. Yes, #5. They are getting very vocal indeed.
Why would any business owner have to give a specific reason when they decline a job? "I´m sorry, but I´m already booked that day," should be reason enough. So what if they´re booked cleaning their shop, or doing laundry at home, or eating a hamburger? Those who say they decline for moral reasons are just being foolish.
Through laws created by man to force evil upon everyone. The children of Cain the son of Satan that must be at least one half the population of the world are busy turning all against God our Father. Satan´s whole plan is to show God that he Satan can turn all His creations into following him Satan.
It was Kenites the children of Cain who were the priests in the temple and condemned Jesus for teaching truth. There was not one Levitical priest in the priesthood in the time of Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:12-13 New International Version (NIV) 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
The liberal court system, a system meant to deal out justice, has become the arbiter of every aspect of our lives? A tiny population of sexual perverts is leading this nation around by the nose? Start looking up, Jesus is coming soon!
Only if they are TEA Party Conservatives, #31. We´ve had a huge influx of fleeing Leftist Californians, and we don´t need any more of that type from any state. The Leftists flee, and when they get here, they forget why they fled. They land in Austin --Berkeley On The Colorado, and have the mistaken idea that all of Texas is weird. The minute they arrive, they start trying to turn Texas into the same sewer they just fled from. Which goes to prove, Leftism really is a mental disease.
Remember folks, they were wanting her to take pictures of their MARRIAGE CEREMONY. If they just wanted a portrait done, that is one thing. But forcing her to take pictures of the marriage is a direct violation of her constitutional rights to freedom of religious expression. I get the willies just thinking about taking pictures of a gay marriage, all that I would be able to see in my mind would be the "honeymoon" and the "consummation" of the marriage. Ick.
You folks are all overlooking the statute used to decide this. The court decided to treat this privately owned business the same as they would treat a publicly accessed business like a mall or grocery store.
Just more of the Obama ´you didn´t build this´ nonsense.
George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Commonly referred to as the “forgotten founder,” George Mason IV had a fair amount of contempt for politics. Especially politicians. It was a dirty, grubby affair that attracted mostly dirty, grubby people. In other words, Mason was clairvoyant.
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