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Supreme Court declines appeal of ruling on Christian photographer and same-sex wedding

Catholic World News - April 08, 2014

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a New Mexico court’s ruling that it is illegal for a photography business owned by a Christian to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.

“The First Amendment protects our freedom to speak or not speak on any issue without fear of punishment,” said an attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, which defended the photographer.

“We had hoped the US Supreme Court would use this case to affirm this basic constitutional principle; however, the court will likely have several more opportunities to do just that in other cases of ours that are working their way through the court system.”

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 09, 2014 12:50 AM ET USA

    Defender is correct; we are heading toward tyranny under the guise of 'tolerance'. We are now supposed to bend over backward for the sake of the licentious, forsaking true liberty in the process. Liberality no longer equates to liberty; quite the contrary. This is our wake up call! We can sit by and watch, or fight. The wages of freedom are constant vigilance and readiness to act. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." That means serving liberty, too. Write your Congressman!

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 08, 2014 6:11 PM ET USA

    I often think my esteem for the secular legal system can't decline more. Then I read something like this and it plunges to new depths. This isn't law in any comprehensible sense of that word; it's playing favorites while dressed up in pompous black robes, nothing more.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 08, 2014 10:36 AM ET USA

    One of today's other headlines is "Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges" - is this to be the future of the U.S., too? Are "gay rights" the new religion of this country that supersede all others? Do our courts dispense "justice" or just whatever the prevailing climate has risen to the fore? If compelling people to do whatever is a personal affront to their religion and values, then where does all this end, or will it?

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