From New York Attorney General Letitia James:
New York Attorney General Letitia James scored a statewide victory supporting the LGBTQ+ community after a federal court dismissed a case brought by an Elmira wedding photographer, who sought to discriminate against LGBTQ+ couples.
The wedding photographer, Emilee Carpenter, filed a lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the state Division of Human Rights, and the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office in October, claiming that New York’s anti-discrimination laws violated her right to refuse photographing same-sex marriages.
This week, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York agreed with Attorney General James and ruled that all New Yorkers are entitled to equal access to the public marketplace under the law.
“This court decision is a huge victory in our pursuit to ensure that every New Yorker has equal access and equal protections under the law,” said Attorney General James.
Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom — an Arizona-based, Christian, nonprofit advocacy group — Carpenter wrongly claimed, in her lawsuit, that the New York public accommodations law violated her right to choose to accept or deny photographing same-sex marriages.
My first report on the lawsuit is here. The ADF, as you may know, is seeking to overturn LGBTQ protections across the country with lawsuits like this one.
In a major victory, a judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by an Elmira wedding photographer who refused to photograph same-sex marriages.
My office will always fight to ensure that every New Yorker is treated equally under the law across our entire state.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) December 16, 2021