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Shared by Shayla Simmons — 9 Sep 2013
New Mexico wedding photographers are barred by law from discriminating against same-sex couples by refusing to provide them with wedding photo services, the state's highest court has ruled.Â
Dennis Burlingham said (9 Sep 2013):
Photographers should be able to decide for themselves who they work for. As for me I always reserve the RIGHT to refuse service.
Nancy Richard said (9 Sep 2013):
Whatever happened to freedom of choice? An individual should have the right to decide to whom he or she sells a service.
richardbrucesmith said (9 Sep 2013):
What about other discriminatory identifiers: race ,color, religion ? While the client may be better served by someone other than a bigot ,clearly the law in this State prohibits such practise. In 10 years this to will be a dead issue.
Terry McCormick said (10 Sep 2013):
If you're a wedding photog and you refuse to shoot same-sex weddings, you just cost yourself a lot of business in one of the few areas of commercial photography that is destined to grow radically in the next few years.
Chris Zulliger said (12 Sep 2013):
Wow! Freedom to marry who you want but forced to work for whom you don't. To much government control over our personal freedoms. We were warned about that! It's not going to end well!!
Dan Pieniak said (12 Sep 2013):
Interesting how our government sticks their nose in everyone's business. Why should someone be forced to do business with someone......plus this is not an issue about health, like those pharmacists not filling birth control scrips.
Kitty Ethridge said (12 Sep 2013):
Everyone's comments are interesting. By the collective logic here it's okay for a restaurant to refuse service to a same sex couple, to a black person, to an interracial couple, to a Muslim, to a Mexican, etc., etc. Cable companies could also refuse service to people based on the same criteria and where they live (for those who say ain't true cable is not a utility). I could refuse to serve you at my restaurant (had I one) because you have a big nose. In fact all big nose people are not welcome!! Same for people with big feet.
Something most of you overlooked is this is a commercial photographer with all the government perks and headaches that come with being a company. Why should she be entitled to flaunt the law when other businesses must comply. She absolutely does not qualify for special exemptions.
sara louise said (12 Sep 2013):
Thank you Kitty for such an articulate (and calm) reply.
In the UK discrimination law is clear - goods and services can
not be withdrawn or refused on the basis of (amongst other things) sexual orientation.
I have big feet and if I'm ever lucky enough to meet a big footed soulmate to commit myself to, I will be choosing a photographer who lets me know beforehand that they are more than happy to help me treasure and celebrate my big footed union.
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