Kentucky photographer sues city for her religious right to refuse photographing same-sex weddings

Nov 26, 2019

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Kentucky photographer sues city for her religious right to refuse photographing same-sex weddings

Nov 26, 2019

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Chelsey Nelson, a photographer from Louisville, KY claims that a Louisville law “forces” her to photograph same-sex weddings, prohibiting her from staying true to her Christian beliefs. What’s more, the law allegedly even doesn’t let her openly express her beliefs about marriage. Because of all this, she has decided to file a lawsuit against the city.

The lawsuit was filed by Alliance Defending Freedom against Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission. It claims that “Chelsey selects her projects and uses her skills to tell particular stories and to promote particular values.” However, she “just can’t accept” photographing anything that’s “obscene or demeaning to others.”

Chelsey wrote an article for USA Today titled “As a Christian, I shouldn’t be forced to work same-sex weddings.” She writes that marriage is so important to her, that’s she’s careful to photograph ceremonies in a way that reflects her own views of marriage. She adds that she also “can’t celebrate a wedding that devalues how seriously she takes marriage – like a heavily themed Halloween or zombie-themed wedding.” I think she’s missing out on great fun, but that’s just me.

However, the Metro Ordinance 92.05 allows Louisville to impose a fine on Chelsey if she were to refuse to work with same-sex couples. This way, the city could force the photographer to shoot same-sex weddings which she apparently stands so strongly against. “That’s a clear violation of the First Amendment where you’re allowing the government to pick and choose what people can say and what they cannot say,” said Kate Anderson of the Alliance Defending Freedom.

But there’s more. The lawsuit reads that “Louisville even makes it illegal for Chelsey to explain on her studio’s own website why she only believes in marriage between a man and a woman or why she only accepts requests consistent with this view.” If you visit her website though, her Christian beliefs are expressed all over it. But I get it; she apparently can’t openly add that, because of those beliefs, she doesn’t want to work with same-sex couples.

According to Sam Marcosson, a professor at the Brandeis School of Law, Chelsey’s suit isn’t particularly strong. “What she’s claiming is the prospect that the law could be applied has the effect of infringing on her free speech because she is afraid,” he told WHAS 11. He said that no one has filed a discrimination complaint against Chelsey yet, and that could weaken the case.

However, “for Chelsey, the choice is simple yet stark — violate the law, forsake her faith, or close her business” her lawsuit dramatically states. But I think it’s not that gloomy, perhaps she could move to Indiana if she wants to proudly and publicly refuse to photograph same-sex weddings.

Now, I’ll get serious. I think everyone should be allowed to choose their clients based on their beliefs and preferences. For example, I choose not to work (or interact) with arrogant and self-entitled people. Although, luckily, there’s no law against it. So I believe that Chelsey should also be able to choose her clients to her own will, regardless of how strongly I disagree with her beliefs.

On the other hand, people who scream about their religious and other beliefs make me cringe. Chelsey’s website already seems to be more about Jesus than about wedding photography. There are so many elegant ways to refuse clients without hurting anyone’s feelings, violating the law, or going against your own beliefs. So, in my opinion, this lawsuit is over the top. But these are just my two cents. I’d like to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share them in the comments below. If you’d like to read the full lawsuit, it can be found here.

[via WHAS 11, image credits: jgkstretty on Pixabay]

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124 responses to “Kentucky photographer sues city for her religious right to refuse photographing same-sex weddings”

  1. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    Just a publicity stunt by the photographer.

    1. Marius Budu Avatar
      Marius Budu

      Not the smartest way to get publicity though, is it? Hey, look at me, I’m a homophobic pos!

    2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      We’re talking about Kentucky here :)

    3. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Marius Budu it’s driven a lot of traffic to her website thus bumping it up in search engines. In addition their are other couples who feel the same way she does who may now feel the need to book her to show support. So yeah a publicity stunt

  2. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
    Philipp Buchecker

    Don’t know the exact scope of the law, but I think, the ramification for photographers are essentially non existing.

    No one would sue a photographer to take pictures of them, if they do feel, that there is no chemistry and the photographer is not the right person to capture their precious moments. Not to mention, that no once is forced to detail the exact reasons why a job is not accepted.

    My personal feeling is, that someone needs their 15 minutes of fame and spares no efforts to achieve this. Even if this means displaying their own homophobia publicly.

    My final verdict: disgusting

    1. Clayton Glover Avatar
      Clayton Glover

      Philipp Buchecker ask the baker who got sued

    2. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
      Philipp Buchecker

      Clayton Glover You mean the baker, who won the lawsuit? The one in the UK, while we are talking US law here? Interesting … but no relevance, as you can sue anyone quite easily in the US .. so no real argument.

    3. John W. O'Brien III Avatar
      John W. O’Brien III

      No, the several US bakers who were successfully sued out of business and lot their homes…..

    4. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
      Philipp Buchecker

      Ok – interesting. But I do not feel sorry for them for even a split second. Homophobia must not be tolerated. Bad luck if someone has outdated beliefs and questionable values.

      1. Whatdoyknow Avatar
        Whatdoyknow

        Philipp you are just scared to stand on your own. Because if the majority of people lean to the left because it is safer doesn’t mean its right. Society has come to the point where people are forced to accept certain ideas and principles because of the majority trying to force that onto them. Try to have your own principles and don’t get swayed by the non-thinking majority. HAHAHAHA. I’m waiting for the blast I will be getting here. Looking forward to all the cowards not agreeing with me!!!

    5. Aj Perry Avatar
      Aj Perry

      Philipp Buchecker so…bias against liberty and law abiding private businesses ok, bias against the gay community wrong

      You are one hypocritical piece of shit.

    6. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
      Philipp Buchecker

      Not my problem if you tolerate homophobia and if people have been sued and lost, they obviously did something wrong and the were not so law-abiding as you say. If they were, they wouldn’t have lost the lawsuits. Quite simple. And BTW – not interested in any discussion with you any more if the only thing you can do, is insulting other people and protecting homophobic people. Good luck with your attitude in live.

    7. John W. O'Brien III Avatar
      John W. O’Brien III

      “they obviously did something wrong”

      right, they stuck to their religious beliefs, no matter how backwards or misguided we feel those beliefs might be, they have a right to them.

      i’m a photographer, so this law says that i cannot refuse to photograph a same sex wedding, no matter what my personal thoughts on same sex marriage are.

      the government is forcing me to create art under threat of violence.

      i am photographing weddings at gun point.

    8. John W. O'Brien III Avatar
      John W. O’Brien III

      Philipp Buchecker are you german?

      i thought we taught you people years ago that just because something is the law, doesn’t make it right…..

    9. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
      Philipp Buchecker

      You have serious education issues, when you compare laws against hate and discrimination to the Nazi regime. Not german BTE, but seriously disgusted by you. Blocking you know.

    10. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      John W. O’Brien III no your not because any LGBQT couple would realize that YOU ARE NOT the photographer for them. Why because you wouldn’t be able to create beautiful images based on your strong religious convictions.

  3. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
    Rahim Mastafa

    Yep, over the top. So ready to sue people, it’s ridiculous. And if she has a problem with that, I wonder how see feels about all those clients who are “living in sin”.

    1. Carl Greer Avatar
      Carl Greer

      Rahim Mastafa everyone sins including Christians the only difference is the unsaved live in habitual sin while the Christian may sin but can repent and confess his/her sin and do their best to stay away from it. As for the unsaved they need to be born again and Jesus will not only save them but give them eternal life and a desire to live a better life for Him.

    2. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
      Rahim Mastafa

      Carl Greer My point is, if she’s not happy with people are gay, then surely people who had sex before marriage must also not be acceptable?

    3. Kryn Sporry Avatar
      Kryn Sporry

      Rahim Mastafa that depends on the religious stream you follow.

    4. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
      Rahim Mastafa

      Kryn Sporry I suppose, but as a Christian, I’d have thought she ought to have a problem with that too

    5. Kryn Sporry Avatar
      Kryn Sporry

      Rahim Mastafa some people don’t apply equal standards I guess.

    6. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
      Rahim Mastafa

      Kryn Sporry So it seems. :-)

    7. Lee Steiner Avatar
      Lee Steiner

      Rahim Mastafa you are missing the point I think. She is not saying the people who would request her services are NOT acceptable. She is saying that she cannot celebrate their “marriage” by taking the photos. This has already been litigated in several states where homosexual couples have filed suits against photographers, florists and wedding cake bakers who asked their homosexual customers to find someone else to do their CUSTOM work for them. This has gone all the way to the US Supreme Court because the homosexual couples want to force someone to do custom work for them that violated their deeply held religious beliefs. This photographer has no choice but to file this suit to find out if she is going to be subject to penalties that will destroy her business. She should not have to move to another state to protect her 1st Amendment Rights. Cases pending before US Supreme Court now should clarify soon.

      1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        Maybe if they do a lousy job…

    8. David Lorenzo Avatar
      David Lorenzo

      Carl Greer so I shouldnt tell her I was never baptized as a child. I guess she will refuse that too.

    9. Jessica Manigault Avatar
      Jessica Manigault

      Lee Steiner So someone has to pass some religious litmus test to get service? Also I think God will understand. What’s next she can’t take photos for a Muslim wedding ceremony because that would be celebrating other Gods?

    10. Rahim Mastafa Avatar
      Rahim Mastafa

      Jessica Manigault It’s a can of worms

    11. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      If they are getting married, they will longer be “living in sin”.

  4. Stee Green Avatar
    Stee Green

    Good on her for standing up for what she believes in , there are hundreds of photographs out there , people need to man up and not be so affended because someone says no ,

    1. Scott Weldon Avatar
      Scott Weldon

      Stee Green , she got offend, nobody even tried to contract with her.

    2. Glenn Hubbers Avatar
      Glenn Hubbers

      Stee Green, who exactly did she say no to?

    3. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Stee Green she’s never even asked. This is simply a publicity stunt

    4. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      Scott Weldon she got offended by a law that said she had no right to refuse. That seems like a perfectly good thing to take issue with.

    5. Wilson W Wilson Avatar
      Wilson W Wilson

      “man up” …wow.

    6. Leor Goldberg Avatar
      Leor Goldberg

      Oh, for sure. I agree. Totally. Im sick of all these businesses tiring under this oppresive liberal ideology, forced to provide even people of color with service at their businesses. Man up! Stop being offended! Just go to a different bar! Right? Or is this somehow different? Its no different — but I suspect somehow everybody here finds THIS wrong.

    7. Hugo Espadas Avatar
      Hugo Espadas

      She believes in hate. No respect for that.

    8. Thomas Davies Avatar
      Thomas Davies

      Stee Green Irony.

  5. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    This is a free country. You can refuse work without a reason. Once you add a reason, then you’re open for lawsuits. All she had to say was she’s already booked up. Go look for another photographer. Have a nice day.

  6. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
    Angelina Wiese Devine

    Well, sue away, that is what Americans do, isn’t it.

    Where I come from, it is illegal to discriminate on race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation – as it should be.

    1. Jim Descher Avatar
      Jim Descher

      Angelina Wiese Devine but how did that come about? You live in Denmark I noticed. You live with 5.7 million people, less than many of our metro areas. Our society is a hodgepodge of people’s from all societies and races and religions and beliefs, unlike Denmark. It’s harder to attain one voice here, but it’s worth it in the end, even with lawsuits that eventually codify rights of Americans.

    2. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      So, if a Chevrolet dealer tries to sell you a Chevrolet, you can’t discriminate because you want a Ford?

  7. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    I’m sure couples wouldn’t want to book her if her views are known. So really no need for a law action

    1. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Paul Richards A visit to her website would make it clear her views. I live in Kentucky when this hit the news people were all over it.

    2. Darren Manson Avatar
      Darren Manson

      Paul Richards she can choose to do or not do any job she likes.

      1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        At least should be able to.

    3. Paul Richards Avatar
      Paul Richards

      Darren Manson exactly. She is being a drama queen

    4. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      Darren Manson except the law imposes a fine if she turns down a same sex couple. No reason needs to be given by the photographer, the law makes the assumption that that was the reasoning. And that is what’s wrong with this.

    5. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      Or want to book her for spite.

      1. Whatdoyknow Avatar
        Whatdoyknow

        I think you are so right about this!!!

  8. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
    Alexandre Ayoubi

    “Being Christian ” another word for saying “I’m a homophobic dick”

    1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Darren Manson
      Here myfriend butter for the ears
      https://youtu.be/O2EY6urC4tg

    2. Darren Manson Avatar
      Darren Manson

      Alexandre Ayoubi cute listen to real metal you pussy

    3. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Darren Manson ok ,any suggestions?

    4. Jessica Manigault Avatar
      Jessica Manigault

      It’s the truth. I’m Christian. But there are Christians who use religion to treat LGBTQ people like second class citizens.

    5. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      You were predicted 2000 years ago. Be afraid.
      Mark 13:13
      Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

  9. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
    Melanie Ayers Wells

    Her Facebook page had less then 80 likes when the article hit the news. Obviously it started to go up along with traffic to her website. She hasn’t even been asked to shoot a LGBQT wedding by anyone.

    The law firm is the same one who handled the county clerk who refused to issue marriage certificates to LGBQT couples when it was legalized.

    She got slammed on her Facebook reviews and Facebook locked it down within 24 hours.

    Sadly this looks like more of a publicity stunt then anything.

  10. Marius Budu Avatar
    Marius Budu

    Suing the state to be officially recognized as a homophobic bigot – that’s a great way to ensure your legacy. Good for you, you total relic ?

    1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      See me again in 100 years.

    2. James Mauro Avatar
      James Mauro

      Forcing a photographer is a great way to get lousy photography. I don’t see the bigotry in this at all. I see someone ensuring that they will not be forced to do something they don’t agree with. We are in a free country, not a tyranny.

  11. Michael Gara Avatar
    Michael Gara

    Murrrrrica!

  12. Vincent van den Burg Avatar
    Vincent van den Burg

    Why would you want to book a wedding Photographer to shoot a same sex Marriage with is opposed it? Find someone who loves it. The pictures will turn out way better even if the Photographer is not as talented. Its all about the mood.

    1. Daniel Wathen Avatar
      Daniel Wathen

      Especially when it comes to creative services – get someone whose heart is in whatever project you put before them.

    2. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
      Angelina Wiese Devine

      Nobody is trying to book her, she just wants to sue, to get the RIGHT to discriminate, and to public announce that she is opposed same-sex weddings, and that she will discriminate people of the same sex.

      1. aleroe Avatar
        aleroe

        Then maybe the court will decide she has no standing … until someone tries to force her to do their wedding. We’ll see.

      2. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        She already has that right. The government is trying to take it away from her.

    3. Vincent van den Burg Avatar
      Vincent van den Burg

      If she lived in Texas she might have a chance of succeeding…

    4. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Vincent van den Burg remember the case where a cake maker refuse to make the wedding cake? She got sued and lost, there are people out there who will seek out people such people like her

    5. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Adrian J Nyaoi like a KKK approved badge?

    6. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Adrian J Nyaoi the difference is she hasn’t been asked. When it comes to wedding photography couples want the best they can afford, the suits their style. They also want someone they feel comfortable with, so she has nothing to worry about

      1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        Except that the left is trying to eliminate people who don’t agree with them. As Ayn Rand said:
        “Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue, but when you see that in order to produce it, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing, you will know that your society is doomed.”

    7. Timothyf7 Avatar
      Timothyf7

      They do it on purpose! They seek out businesses to exploit them for personal reasons.

  13. Scott Weldon Avatar
    Scott Weldon

    What an idiot

  14. Volker Bartheld Avatar
    Volker Bartheld

    I spent quite some time on https://statelaws.findlaw.com/kentucky-law.html in a futile attempt to understand, how Kentucky state laws could impede freedom of speech (there is nothing offensive about expressing one’s concerns that same-sex weddings do not play well with Christianity – especially Roman Catholicism which clearly states that even homosexuality is “against God’s will”, as homophobic and anachronistic as it might sound) or freedom of contract, given the contract is not immoral, ursury or anti-competitive.

    Until Chelsey Nelson – who, according to her homepage, seems to be an ordinary freelance photographer who can say “no” to any contract offer made – clearly points out what is “forcing her to do same-sex weddings” (as she is quoted by USA Today which is the original source) or why she can’t express her religious beliefs, it just sounds like the pretentious whining of a *sic* “blogger” in lack of publicity to me.

    Perhaps someone more knowledgeable in legal matters can explain the background and why/how a lawsuit against Louisville will change the situation – if there is something to be changed at all. Thank you.

  15. Deacon Blues Avatar
    Deacon Blues

    “Christian” beliefs my ass. She’s just a f*cking bigot.

    1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      Just trying to not cooperate with someone else’s bad decisions.

      Romans 1:26
      Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
      Romans 1:27
      In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    2. James Mauro Avatar
      James Mauro

      So she’s a bigot because she doesn’t want to photograph a gay wedding??? We live in a country where the Gestapo can’t force citizens to do something that is against their beliefs. Any time someone doesn’t agree with liberal political correctness, they are automatically labeled a bigot or a racist. That is the real BS of this story. And of course it’s the lefties here who are contributing the foul language and insults. Typical.

      1. Deacon Blues Avatar
        Deacon Blues

        “Gestapo”

        Grow the fuck up.

  16. Vincent Cyr Avatar
    Vincent Cyr

    Those couples have the right to get married. The photographer ALSO has the right not to like it and to not want to be involved. That’s kinda how freedom works(allowing rights for one group while not allowing them for another isn’t freedom. It’s oppression) It would be different if the photographer was trying to prevent them from getting married, but that isn’t what’s happening. They just don’t want any part of it, and are opposed to being told they no choice(the imposition of a putative fine if they don’t amounts to the same thing). If they don’t want to be involved, then they have the right not to be involved.

    1. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Vincent Cyr no one has asked her and if they were to go to her website they wouldn’t based on her strong Christian marriage stance on her website.

    2. Stee Green Avatar
      Stee Green

      Vincent Cyr well said ,

    3. Stee Green Avatar
      Stee Green

      Melanie Ayers Wells as the artical says she is sueing the city for forcing her to photograph something she does not want to

    4. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      Melanie Ayers Wells but if she were to refuse to shoot a same sex wedding, she will have to pay a punitive fine. The government is basically stepping in and saying she ISN’T ALLOWED to have a viewpoint or beliefs that they don’t like, and they are willing to punish people that don’t toe the line. As long as she isn’t actually infringing their right to marry, she has EVERY RIGHT not to like it and to not get involved. It’s not like there isn’t other photographers. Punishing someone for not wanting to take part in it is WRONG, plain and simple.

    5. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      Collin Lalley so it’s ok in your mind for a government to take punitive action to suppress a unpopular way of thinking and enforce conformation to an “acceptable” standard? Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

      You can’t claim freedom of belief and then start picking and choosing what beliefs you will allow. As long as the photographer(or cake maker, or whatever) is not infringing on the other party’s rights(in this case, that would be acting to prevent them from getting married), the they have done nothing wrong, and penalizing them is oppressive, clear and simple.

    6. Jessica Manigault Avatar
      Jessica Manigault

      Vincent Cyr So if a photographer has a religious belief that they shouldn’t participate in a muslim wedding would that be okay? Or what if the photographer have a personal belief against interracial marriage. Look if you believe in God. I think God understands that this a job and not your personal beliefs.

      1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        If you can stop puking long enough to perform…

      2. James Mauro Avatar
        James Mauro

        Yes, to all of the above. No one should be forced to do something that they do not want to do. That is called freedom. Find a more willing photographer. Period.

    7. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      Jessica Manigault as long as they don’t actually infringe on someone else’s right, there is nothing immoral or unjust about them not agreeing with it and choosing not to take part. You may not like if someone has different views than yours, but unless their actions are affecting you, it’s just something you need to accept. Your freedom does not negate theirs. Forcing them by law to take part or be penalized in something their beliefs tell them not to IS wrong.

  17. Glenn Hubbers Avatar
    Glenn Hubbers

    Nothing like a little preemptive bigotry.

  18. Emilee Marie Baxter Avatar
    Emilee Marie Baxter

    I don’t know what’s so hard about this— you can not refuse to work with someone based on gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

    You can, however, refuse to work with someone that you don’t mesh with creatively, can’t/won’t pay you your fee, is extremely difficult or belligerent.

    This lawsuit screams “oh, I’m a bigot and I don’t care if the world knows it.”

  19. John Minnicks Avatar
    John Minnicks

    im so insecure i need a laywer and a spelling check $$

  20. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    Seriously … if you’re going to have a wedding, do you want someone photographing it or catering it, who is mad at you because you’ve forced them to do something they don’t want to do?

    I would rather know up front that someone doesn’t want to photograph my wedding. There are plenty of other photographers to choose from.

  21. David Little Avatar
    David Little

    Not over the top if it’s a mater of law, and that important to her. The suit is for rights not money.

  22. Charlotte Fiorito Avatar
    Charlotte Fiorito

    Would you all defend her right not to photograph any group of people? If her religious beliefs were that she doesn’t photograph African Americans or Asian Americans would you defend it? Or it it just the LGBTQ Americans you’re ok with being discriminated against?

    1. Kemosabe Avatar
      Kemosabe

      Her right to refuse to photograph anyone. If she doesn’t want to take your picture, then she doesn’t have to. The lgbbbtqqq party can say and do anything to anyone and you support them and their “beliefs”. If she doesn’t want to take my picture, then I will find someone else to do it. The lgbbbtqqq will sue her and try to bankrupt her with legal fees. You have seen it all before.

  23. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    Looks like she’s virtue signaling on the account of her beliefs. She could simply state on her website that she has no experience in photographing same sex marriages, was not trained to do that, and doesn’t know hiw to do that. Unless shes given a quote on how many of those marriages she must photograph per season? Also, clients normally ask if you are experienced in same sex weddings. I’m asked all the time.

    1. Melanie Ayers Wells Avatar
      Melanie Ayers Wells

      Sergi Yavorski exactly, when I’ve been contacted they are upfront that they are a same sex couple and ask do I have experience with same sex weddings

  24. Nich Sweet Avatar
    Nich Sweet

    Cool… That’s means since I’m a heathen I can refuse Christians any service and possibly start sue churches for maybe thinking about hiring me…

    She’s an idiot.

    1. Vincent Cyr Avatar
      Vincent Cyr

      You couldn’t sue on the basis that they might hire you, but if the State passes a law stating that you no longer have the right to refuse if you are asked, that would be wrong, and that is kinda exactly what is happening here. Thus the lawsuit.

    2. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
      El_Tigre_Loco

      What if they want to hire you and if you refuse, you can be fined.

  25. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    I don’t care if a couple is the same sex, if they are “living in sin”, or what race or religion they are, their money is still good with me and if they are willing to book with me, I will not say no.

  26. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Definitely over the top. And pointless. Unless they’re after money. But that would just result in people declining work without specifying why.

  27. Erik Keith Avatar
    Erik Keith

    Let’s be clear. No one even tried to contract her. This is a pathetic publicity stunt, nothing more.

  28. Chongo Yu Avatar
    Chongo Yu

    Who started all this suing anyway. Lol

  29. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    So who’s actually FORCING her??

  30. MegaNickels Avatar
    MegaNickels

    I very much dislike religion but she has every right to not shoot a wedding if she doesn’t want to.

  31. David Amaral' Avatar
    David Amaral’

    well then, don’t take pics of things you don’t like! no one can make take a pic of something you don’t like (well, maybe for the right price. f’n litigious morons.

  32. Drew Lees Avatar
    Drew Lees

    Shitty as it may be…she runs a private business, she has the right to refuse. Reputation will take its own course

    1. Jessica Manigault Avatar
      Jessica Manigault

      Drew Lees Yeah, same stuff racist restaurant owners used to say to black people wanting to eat at restaurants. Also where has she been for the past ten years to not know that she may have gay clientele? It’s the wedding biz.

    2. Drew Lees Avatar
      Drew Lees

      Jessica Manigault Didn’t say it was right from a morality standpoint. Like I said, when business owners do this they ruin their own reputation. Legal as it may be they are only harming themselves in the long run

      1. El_Tigre_Loco Avatar
        El_Tigre_Loco

        Or not. Like Chick-fil-A?
        I get such a kick out of these things. It is like kids rebelling against their parents. The parents know what is best, but the kids are sure they are smarter.

  33. Tudor Pantelimonescu Avatar