As reported earlier on OneNewsNow, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling from the New Mexico Human Rights Commission that Elaine and Jon Huguenin of Elane Photography were guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination against a lesbian pair who wanted their commitment ceremony photographed in 2006. That ruling was based on the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
“I think this case illustrates a disturbing trend that we’re seeing in general, which is a shrinking of religious liberty and [a shrinking] of the area in which we can act on our religious convictions to only the four walls of our homes or the four walls of our churches,” warns Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council (FRC).
But he asserts that was not the Founding Fathers’ vision of religious freedom. “It would be very dangerous for us to adopt that today,” he says.
The FRC senior fellow goes on to note that the photography business is an artistic undertaking. “Particularly, photographing a wedding makes you a participant in that wedding. It makes you a celebrant of that wedding,” he offers. “You are one of the people who [is] trying to record and celebrate the event for all time.”
Sprigg hopes the case will be appealed to a higher court, “where a greater sense of reason will prevail.” The Alliance Defense Fund has committed to do just that.
New Mexico does not recognize same-gender “marriages” or civil unions.
You might also want to go to the link above and read some of the comments, at least 90% are on Elaine and Jon Huguenin’s side.