by Thomas M. Messner
The Heritage Foundation
January 09, 2014
The Elane Photography case involves a conscientious refusal to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony, not a same-sex wedding. However, the New Mexico Supreme Court has since redefined marriage in that state to include same-sex unions, and the case illustrates the potential for such conflicts in jurisdictions with same-sex marriage. Redefining marriage will likely increase the number of such conflicts. Citizens who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage should have the freedom to live according to their own beliefs, just as individuals in same-sex relationships do.

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