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New Mexico Supreme Court: Christian Refusal to Photograph Same-Sex Ceremony Discrimination

In a unanimous decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court declared a Christian's refusal to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony of two lesbians amounted to illegal discrimination.  The couple had sued Elane Huguenin of Elane Photography after the company declined to provide services for Vanessa Willock.

"For them to sue and get the government involved here -- there are a thousand wedding photographers in New Mexico -- Why they would want this particular lady to do it?" asked Morning Answer host Ben Shapiro.

"It's only because they want to force a religious person to move away from their principles and embrace their relationship.  That is not what America is about, in fact it is precisely the opposite of what America is about. This is taking a pick-axe to Plymouth Rock!"

Click on the player above to hear Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro and Jennifer Horn (in for Elisha Krauss) get in a heated discussion over the case.

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  1. JoeyT posted on 08/23/2013 03:57 PM
    I don't understand this.

    I am a absolute supporter of universal rights for sexual minorities... Voted against Prop H8 in California, before I moved back to Europe.
    In fact I hosted a wedding for lesbian friends in my California home in 1996, a decade before it was legal anywhere.

    I have also been a professional photographer for exactly 56 years, which makes me shake my head at this ruling

    I am a photojournalist who occasionally photographed a wedding or bar mitzva, but I can not imagine anyone telling me what events I could or should or had to photograph — nobody ever told me I had to photograph in such & such country or go cover such and so war, they asked and I said "yes" or "no."

    Maybe it is different if you are a storefront public business, that serves wedding photographs to the public, like a restaurant serves food. Maybe, in that case you lose your right to discriminate. That must be the legal fulcrum of this decision I certainly, believe even though a restaurant is a private business, it does not have the right to racially discriminate, so maybe this is the same legal issue. I have never been in that position, I would photograph a gay or lesbian wedding be it Christian, Muslim, Jewish or Hindu but I can imagine someone calling me to photograph a Nazi wedding and it would be a cold day in Hell before I'd do it. Then what?

    I very rarely agree with Ben Shapiro. In fact, I generally distrust his take on things, but this time... I'm not sure.
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