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ICC Note: New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that a Christian business owner may not refuse to photograph a homosexual wedding, citing the states anti-discrimination laws against sexual orientation. The attorneys for the Christian business say they will likely take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the ruling forces the Christian business owner to support activity explicitly forbidden by his religious beliefs and therefore violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 
8/26/2013 United States (Charisma) – A New Mexico event photographer’s refusal on religious grounds to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple amounted to illegal discrimination, the state’s highest court ruled on Thursday.
New Mexico, along with 20 other states and the District of Columbia, has a law that explicitly protects individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. Another 29 states have no such protection.
In refusing to photograph the ceremony, Elane Photography violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act in the same way that it would have if the company had refused to photograph an inter-racial wedding, the New Mexico Supreme Court said.
“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 anti-discrimination provisions of the and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that it serves opposite-sex couples,” the court ruled.
Jordan Lorence, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom who represented Elane Photography, said he is likely to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We believe that the First Amendment protects the right of people not to communicate messages that they disagree with,” he said in a telephone interview.

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