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.

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