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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 )

- 1639 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 (194)
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 (515)
Friday August 23, 2013, 4:08 pm
Well done.

Birgit W (160)
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?

. (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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