ADF Appeals Ruling against Christian Photographer
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has filed an appeal in district court challenging a judgment against a Christian photographer in New Mexico who refused to shoot a same-sex "commitment ceremony."
Earlier this year, the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission ordered Elane Photography to pay $6,637 in attorneys' fees for "sexual-orientation bias."
“Christians in the marketplace should not be penalized for abiding by their beliefs,” ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence said. “The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing unwilling people to promote a message they disagree with and thereby violate their conscience. The commission’s decision demonstrated stunning disregard for our client’s First Amendment rights.”
A same-sex couple in New York is suing an online adoption group based in Arizona that refused, based on religious beliefs, to provide services.
ParentProfiles.com, an Internet service that matches adoptive parents with babies, allows only “a qualifying husband and wife couple” to use its services.
Rosario Gennaro and Alexander Gardner are fighting the policy.
"We've already seen a Catholic adoption agency in Massachusetts shut its doors rather than compromise its religious convictions,” said Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action.
“Unfortunately, we will see more agencies forced to choose between religious beliefs and the desires of homosexual activists unless we protect the freedom to act according to moral and religious convictions."