Today’s ridiculous news comes from New Mexico. Yes, New Mexico. Not California, or Massachusetts, or, all time favorite crazy town, Florida.
A photographer (who owns her own private photography company) was asked to be the photographer at a lesbian commitment ceremony. But the photographer declined because it was against her moral and religious beliefs.
But no, the woman who tried to hire her actually WANTED a photographer who was against gay marriage so when the photographer said no, this bitch took her to court so she could demand from the court that the photographer does the wedding pictures.
Before I go on with my bitchin’, as the article says, gay marriage is not legal in New Mexico, nor does the state recognize civil-unions.
Which confuses me because they have this ridiculous “human rights” law that can take away rights from a private business owner and force them to serve a client function that they are morally opposed to because the gay couple has these rights, yet the state doesn’t even recognize the gay couple as a union.
So if I was the photographer I would take it to the highest court I could until they rule in my favor by saying “if this state doesn’t even recognize this couple as a legal union then why the hell should I be forced to photograph it when I have the right to refuse service?”
Anyways, now to my whining.
First of all, you cannot force a business to serve a client an put that clients wishes above the business owner’s right to religious freedom. Whether you think gay marriage is a “right” or not, you can’t decide that this person’s “commitment ceremony” is more important than the photographer’s right to decline. It’s not like it was a small island state where they only had one court and one photographer and the couple had no other options for photographers.
Now, here’s what really pisses me off.
This bitch wanted a photographer who was against gay marriage for the express purpose of making a political point out of her “commitment ceremony.”
Now I put that in quotations because if you’re more worried about making a political statement and taking it to court than you are about having a happy and as stress free as possible ceremony for you and the person you love, I’m led to believe that you don’t even care that much about the ceremony and maybe you’re just having one so you can make a political point and not because you really want one.
Like, how can THAT stand up in court?
Like “hey court in a state that doesn’t even recognize my homosexual union, I want to make a political point so force this lady to take my pictures.”
And then the court is like “well we don’t recognize same sex unions but yea, that photographer totally has to take your pictures. You may not have the right to a civil union but you sure as hell have the right to pick a photographer and legally force her to take pictures even though there are hundreds of photographers in this state for you to choose from.”
I know I have more inside of me to say, but talking about it more just makes me so flabbergasted that the rest can’t come out.
I hope this photographer doesn’t back down and that she takes it to the Supreme Court.
Because currently, in this situation regarding who has the right to what, the photographer is the one with all the rights.
Last time I checked NO ONE has the right to force a business to do something for you even if they deny service.
My thoughts and prayers are with the photographer and that everything will turn out right in her favor, because her rights are the ones being stepped on.