The Religion News Service website reports today (June 6, 2012) that attorneys for a Christian wedding photographer will appeal a New Mexico court decision that ruled she violated anti-discrimination laws by refusing to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony.
The case has become a cause celebre among some conservative Christians, who argue that this and other cases represent a threat to believers' rights to disagree with homosexuality.
"Americans in the marketplace should not be subjected to legal attacks for simply abiding by their beliefs," said Jordan Lorence, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is representing the photographer.
The controversy began in 2006 when Elaine Huguenin -- co-owner of Elaine Photography -- refused to photograph a "commitment ceremony" for Vanessa Willock and her partner. Huguenin claims her refusal was rooted in her Christian faith that views marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman.