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The Pursuit of Happiness. . .

by on August 23, 2013

First this:

Judge Rules Against Photographers

by Bethany Monk

The New Mexico Supreme Court said today a couple must compromise their religious beliefs and photograph same-sex ceremonies. Elaine Huguenin runs Elane Photography in Albuquerque with her husband, Jonathan. In 2006, she declined Vanessa Willock’s request to photograph a “commitment ceremony.” New Mexico has not created same-sex marriages or same-sex civil unions.

ThePursuitOfHappiness“This decision is a blow to our client and every American’s right to live free,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence. “Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted.” Even though Willock found another photographer, she filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission. In 2008, the commission ordered Huguenin to pay $6,637.94 to Willock saying she violated the state’s “sexual orientation” discrimination law.

ADF appealed the commission’s decision. In 2012, the state Supreme Court agreed to review the case. Justice Richard C. Bosson released a document accompanying the decision in which he at first appears to support the photographer’s freedom — but then it turns out, he does not.

“The Huguenins … now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives,” he writes. “Though the rule of the law requires it, the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views. “On a larger scale,” he continues, “this case provokes reflection on what this nation is all about, its promise of fairness, liberty, equality of opportunity, and justice.”

Lorence disagrees.

“Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country,” he explains. “America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support.
“We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.”

And, then, this:

This is disturbing to me. The lesbian couple certainly have a right to pursue a homosexual relationship AND the photographers have a Constitutionally protected right to pursue their religious views…

…but the “pursuit of happiness” (in this case homosexual sex) ought NOT to be pursued at the expense of the rights of another. Pursuance would mean locating a photographer who is willing to photograph the event – which may mean approaching several photographers before achieving success.

Let’s suppose a man has a rape fantasy orientation & likes the idea of having forcible sex with women (or men). He is, of course, prohibited from raping unwilling partners – but if he comes across a man or woman who also enjoys rough sexual activity, they can get together & act out a series of rape fantasies – together or with others who similarly enjoy forced sex. It’s perverted to my way of thinking – but like minded individuals can engage in like-minded activities.

It’s the same with homosexual couples: if they can find vendors willing to service their ceremonies, & don’t mind the perverted nature of their sexual exploits, they can do business together. If not, a vendor who views homosexuality as a perversion or sinful behavior is well within their Constitutional rights to refuse service to that couple. There is no “equal protection” for perversion. As for the “pursuit of happiness”, that concept applies to BOTH sides of the equation: each must “pursue” until they find – not trample the rights of one in order to find fulfillment in their brand of “happiness”.

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2 Comments
  1. The timid & cowardly nature that inhibits everyday folk from discussing this issue floors me. In order to understand a perversion one must first understand the version. And, in human relationships, the #version is 1 man/1 woman. Period. ANYTHING else is a per-version.

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