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SCOTUS shoots down photography appeal

SCOTUS shoots down photography appeal

In the final stage of the court case, the Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a case, brought by a New Mexico photography studio.

The owners of the photography studio declined to photograph the wedding of a gay couple, thus violating New Mexico’s anti-discrimination laws. Thereupon, the owners of the photography studio decided to sue the state of New Mexico, claiming that their religious freedom had been infringed upon, as well as their right of artistic expression (though that last one was probably not envisioned by the writers of the Constitution.)

Because SCOTUS has declined to hear the case, they left in place the state supreme court’s ruling, which stated that no religious freedom had been infringed.

Notably, it was this case in New Mexico that spurred the flurry of bills and laws in Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, and elsewhere attempting to enshrine the right to refuse service based on religious conviction.

The New York Times has more here.


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