Photog Fined for Refusing Gays Gets Day in Court

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The New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Christian photographer who refused to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony for two women.
The case began five years ago when Elaine Huguenin, co-owner of Elane Photography, refused to do the job because of her Christian beliefs.

The state Human Rights Commission fined Hugenin's company nearly $7,000, saying  the business was guilty of discrimination against "sexual orientation."

The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld the fine. Attorneys for the group, Alliance Defending Freedom, appealed that ruling.

They're now expressing confidence that the state Supreme Court will rectify the matter.

"Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs," Jordan Lorence, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said.

"We trust the New Mexico Supreme Court will agree because the government should not be allowed to force this photographer to promote a message that violates her conscience," he added.

"The Constitution clearly prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to advance a message with which they disagree," he said.

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