Skip to comments.Christian Prosecuted: Refused to Photograph Homosexual ‘Commitment Ceremony’
Posted on 03/11/2008 1:00:09 PM PDT by No Dems 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. As a Christian, Elaine Huguenin is against efforts to legitimize same-sex marriage.
So, when the Albuquerque photographer was asked via e-mail in September 2006 to photograph a commitment ceremony for two women, Huguenin declined. That was the end of the matter, she thought.
But Huguenin didnt take into account New Mexicos anti-discrimination laws. Instead of hiring another photographer, one of the lesbians, Vanessa Willock, filed a civil complaint against Huguenins company, Elane Photography.
Now, in one of the first cases of its kind in the state, a three-member tribunal of New Mexicos Human Rights Commission is considering the complaint brought forward by New Mexicos Human Rights Bureau, operated by the Labor Relations Division of the states Department of Workforce Solutions.
The tribunal will decide whether Huguenin should pay actual and punitive damages to Willock because of her decision not to take pictures of the homosexual ceremony.
Established in 1969 by the New Mexico Legislature to enforce state law preventing discrimination based on race and gender in employment, housing and public accommodation, the human rights commission is taking its first steps to incorporate a 2006 expansion of the act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
(Excerpt) Read more at ncregister.com ...
Whatever happened to “we reserve the right to refuse...”. My company that does not take any federal $$$ will do what I say.
She should have shown up and used a 1970 polaroid camera.
What if it was a straight hispanic couple who wanted her to video them in a Santeria ceremony while they slaughtered some animal, and she said no way?
Is that also discrimination against a persons religion?
We need to stop the madness.
I can see the value of protecting one’s right to a job, or housing or entering a hotel or restaurant, but the right to make someone take your “wedding” pictures? When so-called rights are taken to the absurd, it cheapens the whole argument of personal rights.
These two should have looked in the phone book for another photographer, instead of filing a law suit.
You will comply and approve of the gay rights agenda in the world. Or you will pay dearly.
Had I been the photographer that would have been some VERY expensive pictures, or.....I would have had other appointments that day. My son tells people that he doesn’t do weddings. He has no prices posted. If someone comes to him who has lots of money to spend, he suddenly finds that he can manage to fit it into his schedule. More than one way to skin a cat.
I suspect that this was a setup. They are disgusting. The day is coming when ministers and rabbis are arrested and JAILED for reading things in the Bible that remind us that that sort of behavior is not natural.
That day WILL come. Almost here.
She should file a Federal lawsuit for violation of her First Amendment rights by the State of New Mexico.
I don't know what the law is... but I certainly think he's within his rights to do that.
Ve haff vays of makink you zupport zee homosexuall agenda! Ja!
Totalitarianism in America.
Jerry Seinfeld sued a real estate agent who would not show him an apartment on Saturday. He lost.
I don’t think it’s in this story, but it was in another one published earlier.
"The constitutional freedom of religion [is] the most inalienable and sacred of all human rights." --Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Board of Visitors Minutes, 1819. ME 19:416Given that the state requires Huguenin to pay punitive damages, I hope that Huguenin presses her 14th A. "button" to have the federal Congress come down on New Mexico with respect to the unconstitutional abridging of her 1st A. protections.
Also, Romans 1:25-27 tells us that same-sex sexual relationships are a consequence of idolatry. In other words, such relationships are a consequence of disobeying the 1ST COMMANDMENT, a major aspect of the GREATEST COMMANDMENT, to love the jealous God with all your being.
Homosexuals need to keep in mind, however, that the good news of the gospel is not about how God despises same-sex sexual relationships. In fact, 1 Corinthinas 6:9-11 indicates that certain members of that church had been slaves to such relationships but had been cleansed in Jesus' name. So these former homosexuals had evidently repented and accepted God's grace to straighten their lives out.
Animal rights activists win out over the religious.
A photographer who didn’t want to capture photos of animal sacrifice would call PETA to denounce the immoral proceedings.
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