The U.S. Supreme Court delivered evidence to the American people Monday that they should fear their own government.
That’s according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, which fought all the way to the highest court to protect a New Mexico photographer’s freedoms of speech, conscience and religion.
Ultimately, however, the life-tenured justices refused to hear the case, allowing to stand a decision that effectively allows government to force individuals to promote messages they oppose, ADF said.
“Only unjust laws separate what people say from what they believe,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “The First Amendment protects our freedom to speak or not speak on any issue without fear of punishment.”
The dispute arose after photographer Elaine Huguenin declined a job to commemorate the same-sex union of two lesbians.
The women filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, which charged Huguenin and her business partner, husband Jon, with violating the state’s “sexual orientation” law. The commission ordered the Huguenins to pay more than $6,000 in attorney fees to the couple, even though the two women found someone else to photograph their ceremony. A New Mexico trial court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court upheld the ruling.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme court allowed the decision to stand.