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US Photographer sues Louisville, says law forces her to promote same-sex weddings

02:35  21 november  2019
02:35  21 november  2019 Source:   wlky.com

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A Louisville-based wedding photographer and blogger is suing the Metro government.

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Chelsey Nelson said the city's Fairness Ordinance violates her constitutional rights by making it illegal for her to refuse to provide services at same-sex weddings.

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According to the law, Louisville considers Nelson's choice to not photograph the couples illegal discrimination, a denial of service based on sexual orientation. As a Southern Baptist, she says same-sex marriage goes against her beliefs.

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But the laws also prevent Lawson from stating that she "cannot promote pro-abortion organizations or same - sex marriage because of her religious, political, and Lawson used to have a statement on her studio’s website that said she doesn't photograph same - sex weddings due to her religious beliefs

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In her lawsuit, Nelson argues the city is forcing her to choose between violating the law or closing her business. She also says the city has made it illegal for her to explain her beliefs against same-sex marriage on the studio’s website.

Nelson noted in the lawsuit she will work with and provide her services to businesses that are owned and operated by LGBT people as long as the photographs themselves do not violate her religious beliefs.

Alliance Defending Freedom Attorneys is representing Nelson in her case against Louisville. The group defended her stance in a recent news release.

“Every American, including photographers and writers, should be free to peacefully live and work according to their faith without fear of unjust punishment by the government,” said ADF Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs.

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She is asking the court to issue an injunction and award her damages.

WLKY reached out to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office for remarks, but they say the city does not comment on pending litigation.

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