Christian Photographer Loses Gay Wedding Case

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The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian photographer who turned down a job shooting a same-sex wedding because of her religious beliefs.

In a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, the court said the refusal violated the state's Human Rights Act, stating there's a "price" to pay for faith that involves "compromising" one's beliefs.

It rejected arguments that the law violated Elaine Huguenin's free exercise of religion. Huguenin, who runs Elane Photography, had refused to do the ceremony in 2006 because it went against her beliefs.

Jordan Lorence, with the Alliance Defending Freedom, called the ruling "a chilling and unprecedented attack on freedom."

A Rasmussen poll found that 85 percent of respondents believe the photographer had the right to turn down the job. She may decide to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, gay and lesbian couples are flocking to Las Cruces, N.M., to get married. A city clerk there is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A Republican senator is expected to file a legal challenge to stop the practice.