The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). The court found that Elane Photography’s refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated the act, which “prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person’s sexual orientation,” according to the ruling. Justice Richard C. Bosson, writing in concurrence, said that the case “provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice.” In addition, the case “teaches that at
Comments: Looks like another one that will be heading to the Supreme Court...according to this Judge (aka, Activist), your freedom of religion is trumped by someone else´s need to purchase services from you. Talk about pulling something out of a place where the sun don´t shine.
If you force me to go against my religious beliefs, I am going to skip taking a bath for at least two weeks before your little event -- and make sure that I do everything I can to sweat as much as possible over those two weeks.
I´m showing up in the most tacky clothes I can find (that I will have worn every day that I didn´t take a bath).
I will make sure and eat the most gas-inducing foods I can find for two days before your service, and not shy away from letting that gas fly every chance I get.
I will have all sorts of loud and disturbing "equipment problems" during your cermony.
You will get pictures, all right, but they are going to be of the "quality" that your Nazi tactics deserve...
There are plenty of wedding photographers that will be happy to take your money. If you force one that won´t, especially when you try to make him go against his religious beliefs, you deserve to get exactly what you asked for!!!
Then sue me. Every chance we get to get this to the Supreme Court, the better!!!
The reality is that the florists, photographers, etc, that don´t want to deal with gay functions will just get smarter about things when they read about this. I know I would.
If gays came into my, say, photography establishment, and I did not want the job, that would be the day I was "booked" for another assignment. Or I would have my assistant keep interrupting me until they got fed up and left. Or I would just be rude and discourage them.
Sad that such tactics will be employed, but considering the fines or other penalties, employed they shall be. The gay community just continues to shoot themselves in the collective foot.
No one will serve those they do not wish to, they´ll just have to be more cautious, sadly, about what they say.
Two things: 1. This should be a Fifth Amendment "taking" case, not a First Amendment one. The NM gov´t has essentially seized control over the business, making decisions about taking on clients that are rightfully reserved to the business owner. Any business owner should be free to choose which clients they serve or don´t serve for whatever reason, religious, social, or otherwise. 2. To make it a First Amendment issue, the photog should tell the homosexuals straight out. OK, I´ll take the job, because I don´t want to be sued. I´ll photograph your disgusting profane ritual, and I´ll be sure and tell everybody I see there how nauseating I find it. If that´s what you want for your "special day", that´s what you´ll get. Then follow through if they hire you anyway. Even the learned Judge Bosson admits that the owners here still have the right to "say whatever they want".
Nothing new here...not about getting your "pitcher took", it´s about sodomists "acting up", sodomists throwing their paperweight around, sodomists being sodomists; sodomists imposing/legislating their sharia-styled lawlessness-type "sodomitery" on all those hated so-called "straights"; and sodomists lying that sodomy is "gay", which it is, certainly, not.
Welcome to the bully, "act up" world of the sodomist.
Re #12: According to the article, the photog was to be hired to photograph a "commitment ceremony", not a "wedding". It does also state that one county clerk in NM has decided that he or she can start issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals based on the absence of a clear prohibition from doing so.
This was an inevitable consequence when we as a society determined that we could force someone to do business with someone they did not wish to do business with. Once we said that a white businessman could not refuse to do business with a black person, it was only a matter of time until the only reasons for not doing business with someone would be those which society deemed "acceptable". I, personally, find it morally reprehensible that someone would choose not to do business with someone because of the color of their skin and I would be unlikely to do business with someone who made such a choice, but it is not up to me to compel them to do so. They will answer to a higher authority in due time.
It really surprises me that that bunch of Marxist law school graduates still deem to call themselves the new mexico ?supreme?court. If you can´t get the voters to vote to destroy our State and Country, Just ask a bunch of lawyers and judges to step in and do it.
Who wants a "wedding" photographer who doesn´t want to be there? If I were forced to do this, I´d say yes and then not show up due to a family emergency. Then they could recruit Uncle Betty or Aunt Bill to take the pictures and hope they turn out.
There is a precedence for this and I think it´s called "you must buy health insurance even if you don´t want it or pay a fine."
You know, I love the United States of America very much, but we are no longer a united people. Maybe it´s time to admit that half of this country is completely at odds with the other half and just call it a day. Perhaps it´s time to split the country in half.
All of those who said, "as long as they keep it to themselves, it´s alright." They are not keeping it to themselves. They are intent on ramming it down our throats. They want (no..they demand) that we accept their behavior as normal, and they will use fairness laws to bring us to our knees.
Nobody has he right to compel somebody else to sign a contract with them, which is what this case is about. I´m sure that taking wedding (or "commitment") photographs includes a contract specifying number and type of photographs, price, and some sort of guarantee of service.
It´s a shame if subterfuge is required, but if that´s your only resort, produce a contract where the prices are exorbitant, and/or the number and type of photographs is extremely limited, and/or there is no liability if the quality of the final product is not satisfactory to the purchaser.
An this mfriencds is what conservative are afraid of when you propose same sex marriage. We do not care how you get your kink on if you are consenting adults, we just reserve the right not to endorse such behavior. But instead of accepting a polite refusal to do business, the homosexual lobby wants to coerce your acceptance of their life style.
Just leave me alone, and we can get along. But if you have to be right, if you need validation of your choices, then we have a problem.
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