Christian Photographers Fined $6,000 For Refusing to Shoot Lesbian Commitment Ceremony
Earlier this year I blogged on a legal scuffle between two Christian photographers who had a complaint filed against them in the state of New Mexico for refusing to be hired to photograph a New Mexico lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony.
Elaine and Jon Huguenin own a photography studio in Albuquerque New Mexico. Both are Christians. Apparently Vanesa Willock filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission after the Huguenin’s refused to shoot their commitment ceremony.
Earlier this week the commission found the photographers guilty of discrimination under New Mexico state anti-discrimination laws and ordered them to pay $6,000.
While there is no Federal statue that I am aware of providing legal protection to same sex couples, the state of New Mexico does have such a statue on their books. Apparently a Christian law firm is going to appeal the decision.
What do you think? Should the decision stand? Should a Christian photographer be required to shoot something that violates their personal religious beliefs? Is the New Mexico ruling a good verdict and one that protects the rights of same sex couples and helps them to avoid discrimination? How would you feel if the couple had refused to photograph a couple because they were black or too old or handicapped? Would that change your opinion on the decision?
Update: More from Mario Burgos.