Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Christian advocacy group says it expects the U.S. Supreme Court will have more chances to rule on the issue of gay rights versus religious freedom after the court rejected an appeal from an Albuquerque studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony.

The justices left in place a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling last year that said Elane Photography violated New Mexico's Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph the same-sex ceremony.

Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Council Jordan Lorence said they hoped the Supreme Court would use the case to affirm the freedom of speech without fear of punishment.

The group said it is also defending cases like those of a Washington state florist and a Colorado cake artist who refused to do work for same-sex couples and a Kentucky T-shirt printer who declined to make shirts promoting a gay pride festival.

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