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Old 06-05-2012, 12:15 PM  
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Court Says Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights
By Todd Starnes

The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the state’s Civil Rights Commission that a Christian photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated the state’s discrimination law.

“Elane Photography may not discriminate in its commercial activities against protected classes as the basis for expressing its religious freedom,” Judge Tim Garcia wrote in a 45-page ruling.

The case dates back to 2006 when Vanessa Willock tried to hire Elane Photography for a “same-gender ceremony.” New Mexico law does not recognize either marriage or civil unions between persons of the same sex.

Elane Hugenin declined to accept the job and explained to Willock that because of their Christian beliefs the studio only handled “traditional weddings.”

In 2008 the New Mexico Human Rights Commission found Elane Photography guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination. The studio is owned by a young Christian husband and wife who based their refusal on their religious beliefs.

The Court of Appeals determined that a photo studio is considered a public accommodation – much like a restaurant or a store. As such, the photo studio may not refuse services based on sexual orientation or gender identity – even if doing so would violate the religious principles of the owners.

“The owners of Elane Photography must accept the reasonable regulations and restrictions imposed upon the conduct of their commercial enterprise despite their personal religious beliefs that may conflict with these government interests,” Garcia wrote.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group, represented the photography studio. They plan to appeal the ruling.

“Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs,” senior counsel Jordan Lorence said in a statement. “Because the Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to promote a message they disagree with, we will certainly appeal this decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court.”

But the court ruled that once a business offers a service publicly, they must do so “without impermissible exception.”

Elane Photography posed a hypothetical situation to support its argument – imaging what would happen if an African-American photographer refused to photograph a Ku-Klux-Klan rally because the photographer “wanted to refrain from using her photography to communicate a message that she finds deeply offensive.”

However, Judge Garcia said the argument fails as a matter of law.

“The Ku-Klux-Klan is not a protected class,” he wrote. “Sexual orientation, however, is protected.”

The court ruled that the Christian photography company must pay fines totaling nearly $7,000.

You can read the entire court decision by clicking here.

Todd is the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” The book is endorsed by Sarah Palin, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity. Click here to get your copy!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #166
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #167
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I was just kind of posting in general. And on this topic specifically, I would say both sides are worked up.
Exactly.

But it wouldn't be something to get worked up about if the govt just stayed out of the matter.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #168
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I want the right to refuse service to any person for any reason.
You have that right. Just don't be an idiot and say it is because they are black/gay/whatever.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:00 PM   #169
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Exactly.

But it wouldn't be something to get worked up about if the govt just stayed out of the matter.
If only people would stop getting the government involved...
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:01 PM   #170
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You have that right. Just don't be an idiot and say it is because they are black/gay/Live steam/whatever.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:03 PM   #171
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So, what about a web designer?

Let's say this guy owns his own web design business... a GBLT group inquires about his services to build and design a website for them. Can he just refuse or is he also in the same group as the photographer?
Same group as the photographer. The market is capable of working this out. There are plenty of photographers, web designers etc. who would take the gig for a buck regardless of their orientation. Hard to see where the damage is here.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:04 PM   #172
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It's silly.

However...

But it's okay to be BIGOTED toward religion—especially Christianity. Oh, the irony.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:06 PM   #173
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fine. but until the bigoted assholes disappear in the rapture, some people need protecting.
Like big whining babies need protection. People like you treat such groups as babies needing a pateralistic govt.

The market protects them. No govt protection is needed.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:08 PM   #174
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He's bumping obscure threads for irrelevant posts. It's annoying.
Tell me, are you afraid of things that go bump in the night as well?
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The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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Say a gay couple goes to Disney World and wants their picture taken, but the photographer refuses. Disney then fires the photographer for failing to do their job. Now the photographer sues Disney for discrimination against their religious beliefs. See the problem here?
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #177
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I am Catholic so that is probably not a good idea.
Lol the klan is so desperate if you are white you could get in. I am guessing they are taking Jews at this point I think inner breeding has almost killed them off~
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Say a gay couple goes to Disney World and wants their picture taken, but the photographer refuses. Disney then fires the photographer for failing to do their job. Now the photographer sues Disney for discrimination against their religious beliefs. See the problem here?
They don't have to work for Disney if they don't like it.

Disney has a right to fire them for not doing their job too. There is no right to a job.

This is the conundrum such laws have created. The Constitution didn't create this problem. You progs did.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:32 PM   #179
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Say a gay couple goes to Disney World and wants their picture taken, but the photographer refuses. Disney then fires the photographer for failing to do their job. Now the photographer sues Disney for discrimination against their religious beliefs. See the problem here?
No because the employee did not perform the task in his or her job description. He or she does not set policy for Disney. They agreed to follow the policy when accepting the job~
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No because the employee did not perform the task in his or her job description. He or she does not set policy for Disney. They agreed to follow the policy when accepting the job~
A good way of putting it.
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