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Own A Business? Say Goodbye to Freedom of Religion

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Elane Photography of Albuquerque, meaning that the legal case of the photographer who refused to take photos at a gay wedding is now over. The refusal to hear the appeal means the decision of the New Mexico Supreme Court will stand and that court ruled against the photographer, Elaine Huguenin. If you aren’t familiar with this case, Huguenin refused to take pictures for a gay wedding because doing so would violate her religious beliefs. The gay couple was offended and sued her for discrimination.

Justice Richard Bosson of the New Mexico Supreme Court wrote in the ruling that “when Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races.”

Bosson further wrote that although the studio owners may object on religious grounds to […] → Keep reading