The Supreme Court of New Mexico has ruled that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the law.
Long story short, private business owners, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin don’t agree with gay marriage and chose not to provide photography services to a lesbian couple.
According to the New Mexico Supreme Court,the case
“teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less.”
Compromise. Funny, this doesn’t seem like a compromise but rather forcing a someone to do something they are diametrically opposed to.
The court goes on to say:
The owners of Elane Photography, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, “are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish, yet in the world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different.”
Doing so, Bosson said, is “the price of citizenship.”
Ok. So the price of citizenship is being forced to run your private business in a manner you disagree with on a religious level. Plus, the court has the hubris to actually geld the 1st Amendment by stating “you are free to say what you believe but it doesn’t matter as you have to still do as we say.”
And to liken this to Blacks being refused service in the south is a false analogy. It would be more akin to the Ku Klux Klan hiring an all black photography studio to film a cross burning and having the courts force the studio to do it.
(and before you start with the “why would the Klan hire blacks?” talk, i don’t know what goes on in the minds of racists, maybe they’d like forcing blacks to serve them, whatever. I mean, why didn’t the lesbian couple just find another photography studio instead of suing Elane?)
But speaking of refusing service to blacks in the south, there are civil rights abuses going on in New Mexico that line up more closely to it.
Every day over 22,000 New Mexicans have their civil rights violated by being refused service at businesses around the state by statute*. They simply exercise their right to keep and bear arms yet are discriminated against by these businesses. Peaceful refusal to accept this bigoted stance results in the civil rights activist facing a 4th Degree felony which carries an 18-month prison sentence and a $5000 fine.
I believe in the rights of a private business to refuse service if they so choose. I believe they have a right to allow smoking in their establishment, to serve trans-fats and salt and wash it down with oversized beverages and in general dictate how their business is to be run.
If the New Mexico Supreme Court is ruling that, as a business owner, “the price of citizenship” is to “compromise your beliefs” and “leave space for other Americans who believe something different” then the statute allowing the banning of firearms in private businesses must be struck down.
And the 2nd Amendment is not a choice. I was born this way, with the right to defend myself by use of martial arms and as such it is my civil right as an American to have that protected from bigoted anti-gun business owners.
Regrettably, I can’t help but feel that the New Mexico Supreme Court picks and chooses who they believe deserve to have their civil rights protected. But who knows, maybe this is the verdict that brings down the state backed bigotry toward gun owners in New Mexico.
*NMSA 29-19-12 C. C. provision of authority for a private property owner to disallow the carrying of a concealed handgun on the owner’s property;