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Say “cheese” — or else

This is the new normal in America. Whether it’s health insurance or wedding photography, the government now has the power to compel us to engage in commercial activity against our will.

A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony, the state’s highest court ruled unanimously Thursday.

Elaine Huguenin, who owns Elane Photography with her husband and is the business’s principal photographer, refused to photograph the ceremony because it violated her religious beliefs.

The court held that “a commercial photography business that offers its services to the public, thereby increasing its visibility to potential clients” is bound by the New Mexico Human Rights Act “and must serve same-sex couples on the same basis that it serves opposite-sex couples.”

This begs the question: If — and it is by no means certain in my mind that this is the case — the couple in New Mexico simply wanted nice photos of their commitment ceremony, which is absolutely understandable, why in the world would they want to force anyone to take those pictures?

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