Thursday, January 31, 2008

Christian Photographer Sued by Lesbians

From "ADF attorney available to media following hearing in complaint against N.M. photographer" posted 1/25/08 at

UPDATE 12/17/09: Judge requires Christians, found guilty, to pay $6,600

UPDATE 8/22/13: NM Supreme Court rules photographer violated Human Rights Act

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence will be available for media interviews following a hearing before the New Mexico Human Rights Division Monday and Tuesday. ADF attorneys represent a Christian photographer being tried under state antidiscrimination laws for declining to photograph a same-sex “commitment ceremony.”

“Christians shouldn’t be penalized for abiding by their beliefs. The state cannot force unwilling people to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate their conscience,” said Lorence. “The state’s prosecution violates our client’s First Amendment rights. The government cannot make people choose between their faith and their job.”

A same-sex couple asked Elaine Huguenin, co-owner with her husband of Elane Photography, to photograph a “commitment ceremony” that the two women wanted to hold. Huguenin declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony.

The same-sex couple filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, which is now trying Elane Photography under state antidiscrimination laws for sexual orientation discrimination. The agency will hold a hearing Monday and Tuesday.

Neither marriage nor civil unions are legal between members of the same sex in New Mexico.

Human 'rights' is becoming an oxymoron when it comes to the homosexual movement. If they succeed the only people who will be allowed any 'rights' are those who agree with gay activists...