When two lesbian women tried to hire photographer Elane Huguenin for their pseudo marriage ceremony she declined because she said her Christian beliefs were in conflict with the message communicated by the ceremony. The lesbian pair filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, which is now trying Elane Photography under state antidiscrimination laws for sexual orientation discrimination. The complainants sought for an injunction against Elane Photography that will forbid them from ever again refusing to photograph a same-sex ceremony. They have also requested attorney's fees, which according to lawyers could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars if the case were to proceed through various stages of court proceedings.
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a legal alliance that is dedicated to defending and protecting religious freedom, sanctity of life, marriage, and family, is currently defending Elane Photography.
"We defended Elane Photography in court, saying basically that no person should be required to help others advance a message that they disagree with," ADF Senior Counsel and Senior Vice-President of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Jordan Lorence, said. "That's a basic First Amendment principle. The government is punishing Elane photography for refusing to take photos which obviously advance the messages sent by the same-sex ceremony-that marriage can be defined as two women or two men."
There is an already clearly established legal precedent that should protect Elane Photography from this iniquitous lawsuit. Of course, that is not to say that the New Mexico Human Rights Division will not try to establish rights for homosexuals that trample the clear constitutional rights of a photographer whose religious belief does not allow her to participate in a same-sex pseudo marriage.
Homosexuals and their fellow travelers are on a crusade to force acceptance of their perverted lifestyle by mainstream society. In fact, they want to go further and force the rest of us not only to recognize homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle but to become active participants in promoting it. Already that have prevailed on courts to rule that little children must have textbooks that effectively redefine the meaning of family to make homosexual relationships appear normal. They will never stop in their crusade until they have spread the poison of their perversion to every part of this society.