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Old 06-05-2012, 12:15 PM  
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Court Says Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights
By Todd Starnes

The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the state’s Civil Rights Commission that a Christian photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated the state’s discrimination law.

“Elane Photography may not discriminate in its commercial activities against protected classes as the basis for expressing its religious freedom,” Judge Tim Garcia wrote in a 45-page ruling.

The case dates back to 2006 when Vanessa Willock tried to hire Elane Photography for a “same-gender ceremony.” New Mexico law does not recognize either marriage or civil unions between persons of the same sex.

Elane Hugenin declined to accept the job and explained to Willock that because of their Christian beliefs the studio only handled “traditional weddings.”

In 2008 the New Mexico Human Rights Commission found Elane Photography guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination. The studio is owned by a young Christian husband and wife who based their refusal on their religious beliefs.

The Court of Appeals determined that a photo studio is considered a public accommodation – much like a restaurant or a store. As such, the photo studio may not refuse services based on sexual orientation or gender identity – even if doing so would violate the religious principles of the owners.

“The owners of Elane Photography must accept the reasonable regulations and restrictions imposed upon the conduct of their commercial enterprise despite their personal religious beliefs that may conflict with these government interests,” Garcia wrote.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal advocacy group, represented the photography studio. They plan to appeal the ruling.

“Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs,” senior counsel Jordan Lorence said in a statement. “Because the Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling artists to promote a message they disagree with, we will certainly appeal this decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court.”

But the court ruled that once a business offers a service publicly, they must do so “without impermissible exception.”

Elane Photography posed a hypothetical situation to support its argument – imaging what would happen if an African-American photographer refused to photograph a Ku-Klux-Klan rally because the photographer “wanted to refrain from using her photography to communicate a message that she finds deeply offensive.”

However, Judge Garcia said the argument fails as a matter of law.

“The Ku-Klux-Klan is not a protected class,” he wrote. “Sexual orientation, however, is protected.”

The court ruled that the Christian photography company must pay fines totaling nearly $7,000.

You can read the entire court decision by clicking here.

Todd is the author of “Dispatches From Bitter America.” The book is endorsed by Sarah Palin, Mark Levin and Sean Hannity. Click here to get your copy!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #46
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Most likely, it was a set up with litigation in mind. And apparently this Christian photographer was too willing to explain their reason for declining the opportunity.
Yup, that was dumb.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #47
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What do you think, penchief? Respectful?
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:12 PM   #48
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I don't have any problem with Frankie or anyone else bumping old threads. I might make fun of them for the things they post, but I'm not going to whine about bumps. I don't think there's anything wrong with thread bumps unless it starts to crowd out active threads. Right now, DC is a pretty low-traffic forum.

He wouldn't be bumping these threads if he were allowed to create new ones, btw.
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I ignore that guy. He creeps me out.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:13 PM   #50
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I don't have any problem with Frankie or anyone else bumping old threads. I might make fun of them for the things they post, but I'm not going to whine about bumps. I don't think there's anything wrong with thread bumps unless it starts to crowd out active threads. Right now, DC is a pretty low-traffic forum.

He wouldn't be bumping these threads if he were allowed to create new ones, btw.
And wasn't it decreed that bumping old threads for nonsensical purposes was a banable offense? Was that one of the rules you railed against the establishment about?
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:14 PM   #51
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I just think it's bizarre behavior that people would complain about me bumping old threads, but continue to post in them.

And they won't start any new threads.

Weird.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:17 PM   #52
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He's bumping obscure threads for irrelevant posts.
Isn't that bannable?
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:18 PM   #53
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And wasn't it decreed that bumping old threads for nonsensical purposes was a banable offense? Was that one of the rules you railed against the establishment about?
I've explained to you multiple times why this isn't a nonsensical purpose. And yes, I criticized that rule because I anticipated idiotic complaints like yours. The moderators assured us that it was a rule intended to prevent only extreme cases like someone who is spamming the board with bumps for no purpose other than to spam the board.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:19 PM   #54
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I just think it's bizarre behavior that people would complain about me bumping old threads, but continue to post in them.

And they won't start any new threads.

Weird.
Right. They wouldn't even be in DC right now if it weren't for your apparently compelling bump. DC is a ghost town at the moment.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:21 PM   #55
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I've explained to you multiple times why this isn't a nonsensical purpose. And yes, I criticized that rule because I anticipated idiotic complaints like yours. The moderators assured us that it was a rule intended to prevent only extreme cases like someone who is spamming the board with bumps for no purpose other than to spam the board.
We should all find about ten dead threads and make furthering points on dead conversations that nobody is interested in. That would be cool.
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We should all find about ten dead threads and make furthering points on dead conversations that nobody is interested in. That would be cool.
It should be noted that the old threads are the same as the new threads. When it really comes down to it it is the same arguments and new threads only offer new packaging~
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It should be noted that the old threads are the same as the new threads. When it really comes down to it it is the same arguments and new threads only offer new packaging~
Essentially.

It is humorous to look back and watch the left rail against the right when Dub was in the White House, and now to watch the right rail against the left with Barry sitting there. The circle of DC life, if you will.
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We should all find about ten dead threads and make furthering points on dead conversations that nobody is interested in. That would be cool.
I doubt that you have anything interesting enough to say to attract any attention.
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