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Business Discrimination

During West Virginia’s last legislative session, the Legislature dodged a bullet by refusing to pass S.B. 600. That bill would have made “sexual orientation” a human and civil right. What would this have meant to the business world?

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia has written a white paper on the implications of S.B. 600 on businesses – to read it, click here and then on the link for “Businesses and S.B. 600.” One of the lawsuits mentioned within that white paper concerned Elaine Photography from New Mexico. This typical photographer (weddings, graduations, etc.) declined the business offered by a lesbian couple, objecting to photographing their “commitment ceremony.” Two weeks later, Elaine is hauled before the NM Human Rights Commission, charged with discriminatory practices.

Today, the NM Human Rights Commission held that Elaine’s religious conviction violated New Mexico law. In addition, the commissioner ordered Elaine to pay $6,600 in attorney fees.

If S.B. 600 had been successful, small, medium, and large sized businesses would be increasing their potential for liability. The West Virginia Human Rights and Fair Housing Acts are nearly identical to New Mexico’s.

In attempting to limit one form of discrimination, it seems another is created.


Written by Jeremy Dys

April 10, 2008 at 2:24 am

Posted in Religious Freedom

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