Supreme Court Rejects Christian Photographer's Appeal of Lesbian Wedding Verdict
While the Supreme Court is mulling over the religious rights of Hobby Lobby owners the Greens, it decidedly denied those rights Monday morning to a small wedding photography business owned by a Christian couple.
This morning the Supreme Court rejected Elane Photography's appeal to overturn a 2006 New Mexico ruling which said that the Christian business owners violated the state's anti-discrimination laws by refusing to photograph a lesbian wedding ceremony.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins spoke out against the Supreme Court for its failure to protect First Amendment rights, saying:
"The New Mexico Supreme Court's decision to allow a state commission to fine her for acting out her conscience would stun the Framers of the U.S. Constitution and is a gross violation of the First Amendment. Our nation's long tradition of respecting conscience is likely why 85 percent of Americans, according to a Rasmussen poll, support the right of photographers to decline participation in a same-sex wedding ceremony."
This has been a long fight for the married owners of Elane Photography, Elaine and Jonathon Huguenin. The battle started in 2006, when the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that the business violated the state's "public accommodations" anti-discrimination law, and fined them $6,637.94.
Elane Photography is just one of many small religious businesses which have been taken to court and faced thousands of dollars of fines for refusing their services to same-sex wedding ceremonies.