85% Americans support Christian photographer who refused gay wedding assignment as case moves on
The high profile case in New Mexico of a Christian photographer who refused to cover a gay wedding ceremony will head to US Supreme Court. After the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling against the photographer Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a petition detailing their First Amendment stance.
Elane Photography, Jon and Elaine Huguenin, were told that they must abandon their freedom as “the price of citizenship” which prompted heightened publicity and outcry.
The petition notes the Huguenins “will serve anyone; they do not turn away any customers because of their protected class status. But they will decline a request, as the First Amendment guarantees them the right to do, if the context would require them to express messages that conflict with their religious beliefs.”
A July Rasmussen poll found that 85 percent of Americans believe a Christian photographer has the right to say no if asked to take pictures at a same-sex ceremony that conflicts with the photographer’s religious beliefs. The editorial boards of both The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Times have recently agreed.
In 2006, Huguenin declined Vanessa Willock’s request to photograph a commitment ceremony between Willock and another woman. Huguenin declined the request because her and her husband’s Christian beliefs conflict with the message communicated by the expressive event, which Willock asked Huguenin to help her “celebrate.”
Willock easily found another photographer for her ceremony, and for less money, but nevertheless filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission against Elane Photography.