The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian photography company that refused to take pictures of a same-sex union violated the state’s Human Rights Act.

The photographers’ troubles began back in 2006 when Vanessa Willock asked Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, owners of Elane Photography, to take pictures of a same-sex “commitment ceremony” in the town of Taos, New Mexico.

Jonathan and his wife refused the job because it conflicted with their Christian values, Fox News Reports.

Willock found a different photographer, at a cheaper price.  However, she still filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission accusing Elane Photography for discriminating against her based on sexual orientation.

Justice Richard Bosson  says the Christian photographers are “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”

In the court’s unanimous decision, Bosson writes:

“The Huguenins today can no more turn away customers on the basis of their sexual orientation – photographing a same-sex marriage ceremony – than they could refuse to photograph African-Americans or Muslims.”

Although the Constitution protects the rights of the Christian photographers to pray to the God of their choice, he warns:

“But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life. The Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people.”

Attorney Jordan Lorence , representing the couple says that the ruling, in effect means gay rights now trump religious rights.

Lorence says:

“Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free. If Elane Photographer does not have her rights of conscience protected, then basically nobody does. What you have here is the government punishing someone who says, ‘I, in good conscience, cannot communicate the messages of this wedding.’”

Amber Royster, the executive director of Equality New Mexico, says that the court’s decision was a big victory. She argues that forcing a business to offer a service to the public to abide by discrimination laws is not a violation of the First Amendment.

How will this ruling impact our freedom to practice the religion of our choice?

  • Royston Lodge

    Imagine a society where the state compels artists to produce art about subjects to which they are opposed.


  • rsolid

    i see this sickness has spread to Mexico too !!! STOP TELLING ME WHAT AND WHO I AM SUPPOSED TO LIKE , THAT’S MY BUSINESS !!!!!

  • phred01

    Dear Comrade Obammy, you cannot tell me how to think, you cannot tell me what is right and what is wrong, you cannot make me do anything that is against my Christian beliefs. The most you can do is kill me. I answer to a higher calling

  • unknown3rdparty

    In other words, I am forced to participate in that which I oppose? Is that freedom? Whatever happened to freedom of choice? Freedom of association? Just as any business should be free to refuse to service to anybody for their own reasons, those who would be served are free to choose which businesses they will support, for their own reasons.

  • LibertyDwells

    The court can “rule” whatever it wants. The solution is to simply ignore them. Up to and including everything that may require…

  • jln0114

    How is it we must allow Muslims to wear head coverings at work and atheists to display hateful ‘God is Dead’ pictures but Christians are not allowed the freedom to live their religion?

  • Valerie Nagle

    Our duty to God is ABOVE any and every government ruling that is AGAINST the word and law of God. My second duty is to my family, and lastly to the government, not the other way around! If I compromise my faith, my God, then I am no longer a good citizen. Refusing to photograph someone because they are having a gay ceremony does not mean a Christian hates them as a person, it only means a Christian cannot approve or condone their choice. Jesus, the God of Christians did not condemn sinners, (of which category we ALL fall under) but freely forgave them, and told them: “go and sin no more”. We too must forgive others if we are true followers of Jesus, but we cannot approve that which the Bible forbids. And if those who chose this life style think God approves it then why may I ask have they come out with a Gay Bible that omits portions of Scripture speaking against it? Even though there is a curse/woe pronounced on those do: “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:19. Jesus promised to freely forgive ALL who come to Him in repentance. We ALL need saving, for we are ALL sinners: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 A true Christian realizes this and has taken their sins to Christ and have been forgiven their sins, and fall at His feet each time they fall into sin for a new cleansing. At the same time a true Christian cannot do anything that in any way approves sin or appear to agree that it is ok or not a sin for anyone to do, because it is our sins that sent Jesus to the cross and it is for our sins that He died. If we deny Him, then He will deny us and lose our eternal salvation. If we love Jesus as He loves us, we will not turn our backs on Him and betray Him as Judas did. And if you think same sex relations are ok, please read Romans Chapter 1 in the KJV. and Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13

  • Burly Bergeron

    They may have to do the job, but the court didn’t tell them how well they have to do it.”Oh, so sorry, seems the camera was out of focus and I really didn’t notice your head was out of it.”

  • Brett Tedder

    This isn’t about religion. This is about the right to make choices. And when it comes to who you choose to give your business to. Its your choice. This is a smack in the face the gay community and the God fearing community. If you take away anybodies freedom of choice you have taken away your own down the road. If you bomb somebody in another country. Don’t be surprised when the bombs start falling on your head. I think this business owner should sue that judge. He is playing God. And he is just a guy in a clown suit.