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Supreme Court of New Mexico Tramples on Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court of New Mexico recently ruled that the First Amendment does not protect the ability of a photographer to decline to take photos at a same-sex commitment ceremony because such a ceremony conflicts with her deeply held religious beliefs.  This is alarming.  In light of the ruling, the  Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson explains:

[The] decision highlights the increasing concern many have that anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage run roughshod over the rights of conscience and religious liberty. Thomas Messner, a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, has documented multipleinstances in which laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation, as well as laws redefining marriage, already have eroded religious liberty and the rights of conscience. Indeed, earlier this year, the United States Commission on Civil Rights held an entire hearing on conflicts between nondiscrimination policies and civil liberties such as religious freedom.

In a growing number of incidents, government hasn’t respected the beliefs of Americans. Citizens must insist that government not discriminate against those who hold to the historic definition of marriage. Policy should prohibit the government—or anyone who receives taxpayers’ dollars—from discriminating in employment, licensing, accreditation or contracting against those who believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

 

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