New Mexico: State Supreme Court rules photographer discriminated against gay couple

New Mexico: State Supreme Court rules photographer discriminated against gay couple

From the Advocate: A New Mexico photography business violated the state’s Human Rights
Act by refusing service to a same-sex couple for their commitment
ceremony, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

In a decision issued Thursday, the court found that Elane
Photography, based in Albuquerque, violated the antidiscrimination law
“in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between
people of two different races.” The studio had turned down a request to
photograph the commitment ceremony of Vanessa Willock and Misti
Collinsworth, the Santa Fe Reporter notes, with co-owner Elaine
Huguenin saying the job would go against her Christian faith and the
studio handles only “traditional weddings.”

The court ruled that since Elane Photography is a business that
markets to the general public, it is subject to the public
accommodations provision of the law. “If Elane Photography took
photographs on its own time and sold them at a gallery, or if it was
hired by certain clients but did not offer its services to the general
public, the law would not apply to Elane Photography’s choice of whom to
photograph or not,” the decision reads.

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