The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a photographer who declined to use her artistic expression to communicate the story of a same-sex ceremony reports Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom. In a concurrence accompanying the opinion, one of the justices wrote that the photographer and her husband, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, “now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” adding “it is the price of citizenship.”
“The idea that free people can be ‘compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives’ as the ‘price of citizenship’ is a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom,” said Lorence. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom.”
Alliance Defending Freedom recently posted select excerpts from Justice Richard C. Bosson’s concurrence accompanying the court’s decision (p. 30) that is quite alarming and sets a dire precedent:
“On a larger scale, this case provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice. At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the Huguenins in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.” (read full article):
This is indeed a chilling ruling from Justice Bosson, and highlights again the need for taking a stand against arbitrary and relentless attacks on our God-given religious freedom.