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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 03-24-2013, 10:47 AM   #76
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #77
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Shame. The guy has completely cracked me up since Obama got reelected. Interestingly enough Pat's favorite mod is the one who dumped him for a week. And yeah, it was for a **** ton of thread bumping. All to post the same shit in every thread.

Do we have a more homophobic poster on the board? Wonder where that comes from...
gee pat, the mods don't seem to share your view of when thread bumping is a bannable offense...
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:58 AM   #78
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gee pat, the mods don't seem to share your view of when thread bumping is a bannable offense...
Bull shit. You know dam well if ShitSprayer was allowed to start threads like everyone else. The thread bumping would never have happened. Plus this is DC.
I would understand the ban if he was doing it in the Lounge, but not here in DC & under the stupid thread starting restriction placed upon him.
Totally unfair & it wrecked my endless hours of shitsprayer entertainment.



& ITS A PUSSY MOVE IMO
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #79
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Bull shit. You know dam well if ShitSprayer was allowed to start threads like everyone else. The thread bumping would never have happened. Plus this is DC.
I would understand the ban if he was doing it in the Lounge, but not here in DC & under the stupid thread starting restriction placed upon him.
Totally unfair & it wrecked my endless hours of shitsprayer entertainment.
Now ask yourself, WHY can't Crapski start threads?
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #80
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Now ask yourself, WHY can't Crapski start threads?
I dnt care why. The dude is riot to watch post. He turns every lib in this place into a boiling pot of piss. & its funny as hell to watch.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #81
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gee pat, the mods don't seem to share your view of when thread bumping is a bannable offense...
It depends on who's doing the bumping apparently. I'm just repeating what we were told when this vague rule was originally created.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:07 AM   #82
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Now ask yourself, WHY can't Crapski start threads?
My guess is that it has a lot to do with some of the "cool posters" being big whiners.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:08 AM   #83
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I dnt care why. The dude is riot to watch post. He turns every lib in this place into a boiling pot of piss. & its funny as hell to watch.
He isn't as bad as he used to be, for sure. He's toned down his racism to just passive aggressive compared to what he used to be.

Why don't you take up the job while he's gone for a week? (And frankly, I don't think he's gone. There's a Trolly McTrollerson posting now)
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My guess is that it has a lot to do with some of the "cool posters" being big whiners.



Mommy mommy the kids are picking on me again. Thhhhhhstop it,leave me alone or I am going to tell on you
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:11 AM   #85
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My guess is that it has a lot to do with some of the "cool posters" being big whiners.
You need to take a bath in Preparation H, lol.

Where was this outrage when I was banned for four (three?) days, pat? Hurts my feelings!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:13 AM   #86
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My guess is that it has a lot to do with some of the "cool posters" being big whiners.
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You guys should go have a nice long spoon session with Crapski. That will make everyone feel better.

Talk about getting people stirred up! Too bad it wasn't a permaban. The meltdown would have rivaled the upcoming Chiefs draft!
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:16 AM   #87
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Talk about getting people stirred up! Too bad it wasn't a permaban. The meltdown would have rivaled the upcoming Chiefs draft!
My bad. I thought it was a lifetime ban.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:19 AM   #88
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My bad. I thought it was a lifetime ban.
It's a week. Maybe pat misunderstood as well?
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You need to take a bath in Preparation H, lol.

Where was this outrage when I was banned for four (three?) days, pat? Hurts my feelings!
Sorry, I didn't notice. What were you banned for?
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It's a week. Maybe pat misunderstood as well?
No, I understood it. That doesn't make it reasonable. Those bumps were purposeful and non-disruptive. There was no reason for a ban of any length.
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