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Supreme Court takes no action on Elane Photography case

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UPDATE 11:27AM ET: The case has been distributed for the March 28 conference

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The Supreme Court held a conference on Friday, their first opportunity to look at Elane Photography v. Willock, challenging the application of a public accommodations law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to a photography business.

The order list from that conference was just released and the case is not on the list, meaning the Court has yet to decide whether to grant or deny review.

The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the photography business who discriminated against a same-sex couple when that couple attempted to have their commitment ceremony photographed.

EqualityOnTrial spoke with Lambda Legal’s legal director Jon Davidson about today’s order list. Davidson said, “It is not that unusual for a petition to be carried over from one conference to the next and does not mean the petition will be granted. It could mean the justices had so much to consider they did not get to it. It could mean that one or more of the justices wanted more time to consider the petition before a vote on whether or not to grant it. In this particular case, it might be because one or more of the justices wanted to wait until after this week’s arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that seek to establish a broad right of for-profit businesses to obtain exemptions to generally applicable laws (in those cases, the mandate of the Affordable Care Act for insurance plans to cover contraceptive care).”


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