Monday, April 14, 2008

Diminishing REAL Discrimination...

"...The state of New Mexico has ordered a family owned photography company to pay more than $6,600 for declining a demand to take pictures at a same-sex ceremony.

The couple that included Willock approached Elaine Huguenin and wanted the Huguenins to photograph a "commitment ceremony" the women wanted to hold.

"Huguenin declined because her Christian beliefs are in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony," according to the law firm.

Willock then alleged she was a victim of "discrimination" because of her sexual orientation, and brought the complaint before the state agency.

In its ruling this week, the commission found: "Complainant, Vanessa Willock, proved her discrimination claim based on sexual orientation. The Complainant proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the Respondent, Elane Photography, LLC, discriminated against her because of sexual orientation, in violation of … the New Mexico Human Rights Act."

The Christian couple was ordered to pay Willock $6,637.94.
" (source)

I wonder what would happen if one of these women were a caterer and were asked to cater an 'Intelligent Design' or 'Pro-Life' banquet? Why shouldn't a business owner have the right to decline any job they wish? I would respect their right to do so. And why would a gay couple want a photographer that was uncomfortable with the situation taking the pictures? I dare say the pictures wouldn't turn out that good if the photographer wasn't into the gig...

...Makes you wonder if it was all just a ploy to bring the lawsuit.

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