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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to New Mexico Photographer Who Refused to Shoot Same-Sex Ceremony

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Wedding cake is served by activists outside the Portuguese parliament, Friday, Jan. 8 2010, in Lisbon, after lawmakers passed a bill allowing gay marriage. The Socialist government's bill won the support today of all left-of-centre parties. Right-of-centre parties opposed the change and argued that it should be put to a national referendum. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a commercial photography business in New Mexico that objects to taking pictures of same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The justices on Monday left in place a state Supreme Court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a same-sex couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.

Elane Photography co-owner Elaine Huguenin said taking the photos would violate her religious beliefs. She said she also has a right of artistic expression under the First Amendment that allows her to choose what pictures to take, or refrain from taking.

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