The Christian Post reports:
A professional photographer has filed a lawsuit against a new Virginia law that he says would force him to violate his sincerely held Christian beliefs by requiring him to provide his services to same-sex weddings.
Chris Herring filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, against the newly enacted Virginia Values Act.
Herring is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that has successfully argued religious liberty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As I’ve previously reported, in other states Alliance Defending Freedom appears to have helped establish a new business with the sole purpose of creating a client that would have standing to file a lawsuit against recently enacted LGBTQ business protections.
That may be the case again. From the ADF:
The lawsuit is known in legal circles as a “pre-enforcement challenge,” which allows citizens to challenge a law that threatens their rights before the government enforces it against them.
Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of filmmakers and artists who brought similar pre-enforcement challenges against laws like Virginia’s.
ADF attorneys are asking the court to halt enforcement of the law against Herring and his business while his lawsuit proceeds.
Herring’s website is here. Dig in.