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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of New Mexico gay-bias case

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Gay rights activist gained another huge victory as the U.S. Supreme Court decided to throw out an appeal from a New Mexico photographer who refused to shoot photos for a wedding album for a same-sex couple.

According to the Los Angeles Times on April 7, the wedding photographer was charged with violating the state's anti-discrimination law, which according to state law, requires businesses to serve all customers and clients without discriminating against race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

The New Mexico case was the backbone of some Republican states moving to straighten religious-freedom laws, citing the New Mexico case as the backbone for moving so-called "refuse to serve" provisions.

Elaine Huguenin, the photographer who refused to shoot the wedding album, said that she only took photos of "traditional" weddings and that taking photos of a gay wedding would violate her religious beliefs.

Huguenin appealed her case to the Supreme Court, in which she argued that the state anti-bias law would "require individuals who create expression for a living -- like marketers, advertisers, publicists and website designers -- to speak in conflict with their consciences."

The Supreme Court formally refused to hear her case, in which the court cited that it did not have the four votes necessary for the case to proceed.

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