April 7, 2014
The Supreme Court has declined to review Elane Photography v. Willock, a challenge to New Mexico’s anti-discrimination in public accommodations law, as it applies to a photography business.
The Court had considered the petition over several conferences, and this morning, they officially denied certiorari, meaning that the unanimous New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the business will remain in effect in the state.
The challenge was brought by the photography business, Elane Photography, after they declined to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony (before same-sex marriage was legal in the state) and were cited under the state’s public accommodations law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other things.
Arizona’s anti-LGBT bill, recently vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer, was written in response to the New Mexico state supreme court’s decision.
There was no noted dissent.