John M. Becker

New Mexico Supremes: No Religious Right to Discriminate

Filed By John M. Becker | August 23, 2013 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-discrimination law, New Mexico, non-discrimination, nondiscrimination law, religious exemption, religious exemptions, special rights

"...we conclude that a commercial photography business that offers its services to the public, thereby increasing its visibility to potential clients, is subject to the antidiscrimination provisions of the [New Mexico Human Rights Act] and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that it serves opposite-sex couples. Therefore, when Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, it violated the NMHRA in the same way as if it had refused to photograph a wedding between people of different races."

-- The New Mexico Supreme Court, ruling unanimously yesterday that religion does not grant a special right to discriminate, and that a wedding photographer who refused to serve a same-sex couple because of her anti-gay religious beliefs violated the state's Human Rights Act.


Recent Entries Filed under Quote of the Day:

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.