Court Rules Against Christian Photographer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that a professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony violated the state's discrimination law.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the court agreed with a previous ruling, stating the photo studio is considered a public accommodation, similar to a restaurant or store.

The New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled in 2008 that Elane Photography violated the state Human Rights Act by discriminating against Vanessa Willock on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Alliance Defense Fund says it plans to appeal the ruling.

The photography studio says its refusal was not an act of discrimination, but a reflection of the owners' religious and moral beliefs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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