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Studio Canít Turn Down Gay Weddings (NM - Christian photography business)
The Albuquerque Journal North ^ | June 5, 2012 | Scott Sandlin

Posted on 06/05/2012 8:54:59 AM PDT by CedarDave

A photo studio’s refusal to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony violates the New Mexico Human Rights Act, the Court of Appeals has ruled, rejecting the Albuquerque studio’s argument that doing so would cause it to disobey God and Biblical teachings.

It was the third loss for the studio, and victory for Vanessa Willock.

Willock first contacted photographer Elaine Huguenin of Elane Photography in fall 2006 about taking pictures of a “same-gender ceremony” and was informed the studio only handled “traditional weddings.” When her partner contacted the studio without revealing her sexual orientation, the studio responded with a price list and sent a follow-up email.

The Alliance Defense Fund, “a Christian legal alliance defending religious liberty, sanctity of life, marriage and the family,” stepped up to represent Huguenin and Elane. The fund didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The New Mexico Human Rights Commission and District Judge Alan Malott have concluded in rulings in 2008 and 2009 that the studio violated the Human Rights Act.

(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: 2evil4words; 2sick4words; alanmalott; badjudge; homosexualagenda; lesbiangayagenda; perverpower; perverts; stockpilesong
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The district judge, Malott, found the studio to be a “public accommodation” and therefore discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation, or gender identity is prohibited. The NM Court of Appeals agreed with him.
1 posted on 06/05/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Freedom is a hate crime.


2 posted on 06/05/2012 8:56:48 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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3 posted on 06/05/2012 8:57:21 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Remember how the libs pooh-poohed the idea that this was the beginning of a slippery slope?

This is messed up - it will touch every aspect of our lives outside our front doors.


4 posted on 06/05/2012 8:59:21 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: CedarDave

There is already a running thread on this article.


5 posted on 06/05/2012 9:00:35 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: CedarDave

Dissolve the company and start again.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 9:01:12 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH, ...........


7 posted on 06/05/2012 9:01:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: CedarDave

I wonder if the company asked up front what type of marriage it was, then rejected it, would it still be an issue?

A private business should be able to refuse any potential customer.


8 posted on 06/05/2012 9:01:36 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I have been a contractor for many years. I turn down jobs all the time because I think the customer is a deadbeat, prick or because I just don’t want to do the work for someone. I don’t want or need the government to tell me who my customers will be.


9 posted on 06/05/2012 9:03:08 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: CedarDave

there fore Jack the price up to where they go elsewhere.


10 posted on 06/05/2012 9:03:28 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: CedarDave

No one is right here. But of course, the studio has the “right” to turn down a paying customer, which I think is foolish, but it should be their right.

The “public accommodation” argument is terrible. The couple is wrong. Everyone is wrong.


11 posted on 06/05/2012 9:04:33 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: CedarDave

their mistake was TELLING them why they refused to take the Job, next time have the people fill out an application for services where all the names of the parties are listed as well as the event. All applications will be reviewed and a decision will be made within 48 hours as to whether or not we will be able to do the Job., Problem Solved


12 posted on 06/05/2012 9:05:47 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: CedarDave

Why would anyone want a photographer who is being FORCED to take your wedding pictures?


13 posted on 06/05/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: CedarDave

Would the same judge force a Muslim to photograph a Jewish wedding?


14 posted on 06/05/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT by snarkbait (<<For Rent>>)
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To: CedarDave

Make it so your standard sales contract has a limitation of damages clause that limits any damages to the purchase price. Then “accidently” leave the lens cap on the camera for your gay weddings. Refund the money after the wedding for your “mistake”. Soon they’ll get the message.


15 posted on 06/05/2012 9:07:32 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: LibertarianLiz
There is already a running thread on this article.

Gotta link? Don't see one with the same title or under NM topics or keywords.

16 posted on 06/05/2012 9:08:02 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Personal freedom and freedom of religion is a Constitutional right, and trumps ANY so-called “Anti discrimination” legislation

This is BS. God bless the owners for fighting this outrage.


17 posted on 06/05/2012 9:08:02 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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To: CedarDave

Wil refusing gay sex be discrimatory soon?


18 posted on 06/05/2012 9:08:51 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: CedarDave

Wil refusing gay sex be discrimatory soon?


19 posted on 06/05/2012 9:09:16 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Leep

discriminatory


20 posted on 06/05/2012 9:10:30 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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