The New Mexico Special Civil Rights Commission found yesterday that a Christian-owned photography company is guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination after they declined their services to a lesbian couple. The commission seems to think the Christians broke state anti-discrimination laws. Unfortunately for the homosexual extremists, ADF is representing the Christian business, Elane Photography.
“Christians in the marketplace should not be penalized for abiding by their beliefs anymore than anyone else should,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling people to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate their conscience. The commission’s decision shows stunning disregard for our client’s First Amendment rights, and we will appeal this ruling in state court.”
Wednesday the commission issued an order finding that Elane Photography engaged in “sexual orientation” discrimination prohibited under state law and ordered it to pay $6,637.94 in attorneys’ fees to the two women who filed the complaint.
ADF has wisely promised to appeal.
Fortunately, the good guys have the precedent. Flashback to June 13, 2006: a Christian-owned video company refused to copy some video containing gay material and, working with Liberty Counsel, got the complaint dismissed.
Arlington, VA – One day after Liberty Counsel filed suit in Arlington Circuit Court on behalf of Tim Bono and his company against Arlington County Human Rights Commission, the Commission dismissed the complaint filed by lesbian activist Lilli M. Vincenz, stating there was no valid claim of discrimination against Mr. Bono.
But wait, there’s more. Since Virginia does not yet recognize “sexual orientation” as a civil right, Liberty Counsel flipped the tables and is filed a suit that challenges the Commission’s authority to recognize “sexual orientation” as a civil right. New Mexico, however, does recognize sexual orientation as a civil right, thanks to former presidential candidate and breathingist supreme, Gov. Bill Richardson. But for the case to fall under discrimination, Elane Photography would have to be guilty of harassment or refusing employment.
The actions of Elane Photography are perfectly Constitutional, even in Bill’s breathingist state, and mirror refusing service to an unruly customer more than “discrimination.” Much like those “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs you see in many retailers shop window, the Christian couple simply refuse to do business with openly immoral people and the Constitution as well as precedent backs them up.