Appeal by photographer in gay bias case is heard

Mar 11, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WTEN-TV Albany

In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom.

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This should be a no-brainer. New Mexico law clearly states businesses can't discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Claiming her photography business is protected under the first amendment because of a "freedom of artistic expression" is a bit of a stretch.

I loved the claim that an African-American photographer could be forced to offer services to a KKK group. That assertion was quickly swatted down when it was pointed out that the KKK isn't a protected class in New Mexico like sexual orientation is.

The appeals court upheld the district court finding, but you just never know what a Supreme Court is going to do.

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Mar 12, 2013
 
Wedding photography is a craft and a business , not an art. The defining characteristics are simple: one does not gnerally display commercial wedding pictures in an art gallery or try to seel them to the general public.

If a wedding photographer can claim to be an artist, a technical writer or producer of elevator music could also do so.

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The American Genocide wrote:
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Bullspit! Photography is an art, you moron!
The minute she charges for that "art" it becomes a business transaction which is covered by the anti-discrimination laws of New Mexico.

She's guilty as charged.

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It Tried To Bite Me wrote:
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So now you're going after black people too, eh sheep?
What does being black have to do with anything?

She refused service to a couple because they're lesbians; under New Mexico law that's illegal.

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Mar 12, 2013
 
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>What does being black have to do with anything?

She refused service to a couple because they're lesbians; under New Mexico law that's illegal.
For the anti-equality bigots, it has everything to do with it.
Because they're usually racist too, to an extent.

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The Worlds Biggest Lie wrote:
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I brought it up because you are a selective race baiter as proven by smartypants. Liar!
And yet YOU are the one who brought up race when it had nothing to do with the story......

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Mar 12, 2013
 
FYI- The MN House committe has also passed marriage equality out of committee. Expect a vote in the full House & Senate sometime in April or May once they get the budget done.
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Mar 12, 2013
 
Lacez wrote:
<quoted text>For the anti-equality bigots, it has everything to do with it.
Because they're usually racist too, to an extent.
Is that like, when you're queers, you're usually Pedophiles too? Same scenario

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Fred wrote:
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Is that like, when you're queers, you're usually Pedophiles too? Same scenario
Oh, like a pedo hides behind his unregistered username, and blames his child attraction on gays, right, Fred?(R1) Hey, any sign from that old Frankie Rizzo alter? He went on vacation, or what? M

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