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A wedding photographer in New York is fighting the state’s “non-discrimination” law. She alleges that it violates her right to express her religious freedom and beliefs. According to the Christian Post, in a lawsuit profiled in the Washington Free Beacon, Emilee Carpenter is taking Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration to court because they are threatening her with fines and jail time for her belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. The complaint alleges that the state is requiring Carpenter to violate her beliefs about traditional marriage, by forcing her to publicize photos of same-sex weddings on her website. The laws require her to create photograph collections on her website celebrating same-sex weddings because she celebrates opposite-sex weddings. Violating the laws could result in tens of thousands of dollars in fines, the state taking away her business license, or even jail time.
Carpenter stated in the report, “My faith has been really integral to me as a person, but also to my business and the way I operate it and the artwork I create. My faith is really the lens through which I view my art.” The state is also prohibiting Carpenter from making any statement explaining that her business activities are restricted by her religious beliefs. The case alleges that the state’s anti-discrimination laws are violating Carpenter’s First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit points out that the laws do not simply dictate what Carpenter does; they dictate what she says. Carpenter is already willing to work with clients no matter who they are, her attorney says. But not satisfied with equal treatment, New York officials demand ideological purity. They want Carpenter to violate her conscience by professing the state’s approved view about marriage.
Jonathan Scruggs, Carpenter’s attorney highlighted the fact that, ever since American courts handed “rights” to LGBT activists, this issue has been conflicting with First Amendment’s protections for religious rights. But other recent court decisions have recognized religious rights. Among them are the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, a decision involving a video company in Minnesota and a ruling in Arizona’s courts regarding a calligraphy company.
Emilee Carpenter is to be admired for the bold stand which she is taking in the interest of God’s kingdom. The Bible says, “…He who made them at the beginning made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife.” (Mt. 19:4-5). Homosexuality has no place in God’s plan. Let us pray for Emilee Carpenter that God would be her defence.
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