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New Mexico Photographer’s Religious Freedom Case Goes to State Supreme Court
Posted By Thomas Messner On August 22, 2012 @ 12:18 pm In First Principles | 10 Comments
The New Mexico Supreme Court recently announced  that it will consider the case of a Christian photographer who objected for religious reasons to photographing a same-sex commitment ceremony.
The photographer, Elaine Huguenin, says  she refused to photograph the ceremony because the message it communicated was in conflict with her religious beliefs.
Because of her refusal, Huguenin’s business was hauled before the state human rights commission, found guilty of discrimination, and forced to pay nearly $7,000 in attorneys’ fees to the complainant .
The case is just one illustration of how individuals and institutions with traditional beliefs about marriage, family, and sexuality face significant threats to their religious and moral conscience. Other examples include:
This is not “live and let live.” This is the state—and sometimes private citizens and the culture at large —punishing people who refuse to recant their beliefs regarding marriage, family, and sexuality.
The better approach  is to respect and protect freedom of religious and moral conscience. It is an effective and principled way to promote social peace and civic fraternity in an increasingly pluralistic society.
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 recently announced: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/5537
 forced to pay nearly $7,000 in attorneys’ fees to the complainant: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/5537#CurrentNewsRelease
 Chick-fil-A: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/30/chick-fil-a-latest-example-of-how-same-sex-marriage-threatens-religious-freedom/
 have: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/06/01/civil-union-law-forces-catholic-charities-to-drop-adoption-service/
 been: http://blog.heritage.org/2010/02/19/the-d-c-government%E2%80%99s-strike-against-foster-kids-%E2%80%93-and-religious-liberty/
 forced: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/191kgwgh.asp
 to stop: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/05/23/another-christian-adoption-agency-burdened-by-state-sponsored-intolerance/
 Boy Scouts of America: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/10/same-sex-marriage-and-the-threat-to-religious-liberty
 she was expelled: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/10/12/court-considers-case-of-student-expelled-from-counseling-program-for-unwillingness-to-affirm-homosexual-relationships/
 was denied official recognition: http://www.clsnet.org/page.aspx?pid=528
 and sometimes private citizens and the culture at large: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2009/10/the-price-of-prop-8
 better approach: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/04/from-culture-wars-to-conscience-wars-emerging-threats-to-conscience
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