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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Against Photographer Who Refused Gay Couple

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: New Mexico Supreme Court, Human Rights Act, gay rights, ethics, freedoms, constitution, news, government, goodnews )

- 1158 days ago -
The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled against a photographer who had refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony in 2006.

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Kit B. (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

Good news from New Mexico.

GGmaSheila D. (203)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:35 pm
Of course photographer's going to appeal...again, what's behind the delaying tactic?? Clog up the courts??

Animae C. (520)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:08 pm
Well done.

Birgit W. (159)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:09 pm

CeAnne Ryding-Becker (10)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:10 am
It will be a beautiful day when us in the LGBT community are no longer discriminated against and no longer need to sue for equal rights.

Lindsey O. (19)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 7:24 am
The decision was based on the law. And the photographer broke the law. Elane Photography is a legally-registered corporation in New Mexico (it's a LLC according to NM Secretary of State records). And a corporation is a separate thing from its incorporators. It has no religious beliefs to affront. This corporation was providing services to the public and New Mexico has a law which says those services cannot be limited to those of a specific sexual orientation.

Don't want to give up your right to object to things on religious grounds? Then don't incorporate. Because incorporation gives many legal benefits - and many legal restrictions.

Esther Z. (94)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 10:35 am
It's simply that these people don't see it as a civil rights issue; they figured it's OK to discriminate to a LGBTQ couple, but probably wouldn't think of (maybe) doing the same to an interracial couple. Personally, if the photographer didn't want to take my wedding or civil union pictures, I wouldn't want them there; they might take lousy pictures just out of hate or spitefulness. Besides, who wants all that negative energy during one of the most important day of a person's life? Not me!

Elizabeth M. (65)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:29 pm
Great news out of New Mexico.
Noted with thanks Carrie.

Mari 's (1356)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 3:32 am
Great news and we need so much more of it.

Robert K. (31)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:28 am
CeAnne, I may not be a part of your community, but I'm 100% in agreement with you. How is it that so many don't understand that equal rights means equal rights for EVERYONE or it means nothing at all?

John Gregoire (293)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 4:40 am

. (0)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:13 am
I find this interesting as well. In a free emterprise system, a private company (not a chain, which has to follow corporate policy), does not have the right to refuse a person's business?
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