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Do you think it was fair that this photographer was sued and had to pay $6000 in legal fees?

From an article:

In New Mexico, where "gay marriage" is not legal, a lesbian couple filed a complaint with the state's civil rights commission after a husband-and-wife-owned photography company refused to take pictures of their commitment ceremony. Jon and Elaine Huguenin asserted that the ceremony violated their Christian beliefs, but the commission disagreed, ruling earlier this year that the company discriminated and ordering them to pay $6,600 in attorneys' fees.


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Asked by Anonymous at 11:20 PM on Nov. 14, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (65)
  • No, that's horrible actually!!!!!! If she doesn't want to photograph a gay wedding she should have to. And to make her pay the legal fees (plus her own) is absurd!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • if the couple owns a legitimate business, then they can legally be sued for discrimination

    I'm glad they got sued!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • discrimination is discrimination and is against the law.


    Answer by Star419 at 11:24 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • Seems like they would have been better off just saying they were busy that weekend... Since they openly admitted that they were discriminating based on sexual orientation, then yes the lawsuit is fair.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 11:25 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • now if the couple had been "smart" business wise, they would have said they couldn't do it due to prior engagement. a lie would have saved them money but their hate and discrimination just cost them a bundle.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • All they needed to do is put up a sign that says"We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." This makesit a lot harder to people to sue them for stuff like this. Anyway they were just dumb to tell the customers why they were'nt taking the job. Should have just said they had a scheduling conflict or something like that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • I guess its possible she didn't know it was a gay wedding.

    Probably of them went in by herself, interviewed the photographer, looked at the pictures, made a down payment, etc. AND THEN mentioned it was a gay wedding and she had no choice but to say why.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • They should have the right to refuse service to anyone! Were they already in contract with the couple? If so then they should be sued, if not then no.

    Answer by SusieD250 at 11:35 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • They can put up a sign but the minute they advertise their business to the public, they need to abide by the law that protects discrimination and that includes religion:

    Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination and guarantees all persons the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion or national origin.”

    Answer by Avon_Calling at 11:44 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

  • Quite frankly, I'm sick of all of these self-righteous gay couples. They expect everyone to be tolerant of their beliefs, but they refuse to be tolerant of those Christians that define marriage differently. It's a shame that these Christians' honesty cost them that much money. I'm FUMING!!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 PM on Nov. 14, 2008

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