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-Supreme Court Compromises Religious Liberty by Refusing New Mexico Case

by Dr. D ~ April 7th, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court building.

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The US Supreme Court has decided not to hear the New Mexico case concerning a  Photographer who refused to take on a same-sex ceremony because of religious convictions.

So does Gay rights now trump religious rights? Apparently that is the law in the state of  New Mexico. 

Here’s the story from Fox’s Todd Starnes:

Gay rights trump religious rights.

That’s the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple’s commitment ceremony.

The high court’s decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

As one New Mexico justice ominously noted, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin “are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”

The state’s demand that the Huguenins disobey their religious beliefs and photograph the ceremony is “the price of citizenship,” a justice wrote.

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Response: This case is the most serious example to date of how gay rights may eventually trump religious liberty in America. I really did hope that SCOTUS would rule on this case and overturn the New Mexico decision. By letting it stand, religious freedom is actually compromised in the state of New Mexico and the door is opened to similar outcomes all across the country.

The brazen decrees of the NM judges that citizens can be compelled by the government to compromise and go against their religious convictions is a dangerous precedence. A door has now been opened that may never be closed and in the process the 1st Amendment may be re-interpreted and limited in ways that the Bill of Rights was originally written to combat and insure against. A very sad day.            *Top

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