Earlier today the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the New Mexico woman who refused to photograph the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple on “religious grounds”
The ACLU cheered the dcision saying:
“No court has ever held that businesses have a First Amendment right to discriminate, and it is no surprise that the Supreme Court has denied this attempt to overturn settled law,” said Joshua Block, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. “Selling commercial wedding photography services, like selling a wedding cake or a flower arrangement, does not mean that a business owner endorses a customer’s marriage. The business is simply providing a commercial service. Everybody has the right to express their views on whatever subject they wish, and that includes business owners. But every business has to play by the same rules to protect customers from discrimination in the marketplace.”
Meanwhile Grand Dragon FRC hate group leader Tony Perkins was getting his white robe and hood all up in a bunch
“The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear and uphold the First Amendment rights of Elaine Huguenin, a wedding photographer, are deeply disturbing. Does our nation’s highest court really believe the price of citizenship is the surrender of conscience? The Supreme Court ignored an opportunity to reaffirm the basic principle that the government may not trample on fundamental rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion. These rights do not stop at the exit door of your local church, and instead extend to every area of a religious person’s life.Is the judicial branch now writing the epilogue to the American experiment in ordered liberty? The burden to protect the inalienable rights that are the cornerstone of our political success as a nation now falls to state and federal legislators.”
Awwwwww how adorable, Tony says he’s deeply disturbed. Newsflash Tony — we’ve all known that for a very, very long time.