Hate Group Appeals To Overturn NY LGBTQ Protections

Pat Robertson’s CBN News reports:

For nearly one year, a Christian photographer has been battling New York state laws that require her to create photographs and blogs celebrating same-sex weddings, even though it violates her religious beliefs.

Emilee Carpenter filed a federal lawsuit against the state’s legislation last year. However, a district court dismissed her case in December.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys who represent Carpenter, filed an appeal with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday. They argue the laws go against the First and Fourteenth Amendments, restricting her rights to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James won the first round last month. The ADF, as you may know, is seeking to overturn LGBTQ protections across the country with lawsuits like this one.

In some cases, as in New York, their lawsuit is known as a “peremptory challenge” – meaning that the business has never turned away an LGBTQ customer because no such customer ever sought its services.

Some suspect that these businesses were created by the ADF expressly to have standing to challenge LGBTQ protections.

The ADF has provided free legal support to groups seeking to criminalize homosexuality in multiple countries.

In 2003, they filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that states should be free to criminalize homosexual acts.