Aug 26, 2013 / 23:03 pm
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a small Christian-owned photography business does not have the right to decline on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony.
Scholar Ryan T. Anderson, writing in National Review Online, said the Aug. 22 decision "highlights the increasing concern many have that anti-discrimination laws and the pressure for same-sex marriage will run roughshod over the rights of conscience and religious liberty."
"If marriage is redefined, then believing what virtually every human society once believed about marriage - that it is the union of a man and a woman ordered to procreation and family life - would be seen increasingly as an irrational prejudice that ought to be driven to the margins of culture. The consequences for religious believers are becoming apparent."
New Mexico's highest court ruled Aug. 22 that state anti-discrimination laws require Elane Photography to "serve same-sex couples on the same basis that it serves opposite-sex couples."