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Elane Photography v. Willock

Elane Photography v. Willock

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Published by Equality Case Files
Petition for cert to U.S. Supreme Court. Filed November 8, 2013
Petition for cert to U.S. Supreme Court. Filed November 8, 2013

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Published by: Equality Case Files on Nov 08, 2013
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T
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Supreme Court of the United States
E
LANE
P
HOTOGRAPHY 
, LLC,
 
 Petitioner
,
 
v.  V
 ANESSA
W
ILLOCK 
,
Respondent
.
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the New Mexico Supreme Court
 
PETITION
 
FOR
 
 A 
 
 WRIT
 
OF
 
CERTIORARI
E
MIL
J.
 
IEHNE
 M
ODRALL
,
 
S
PERLING
,
 
R
OEHL
,
 
H
 ARRIS
&
 
S
ISK 
,
 
P.A. Post Office Box 2168  Albuquerque, NM 87103 (505) 848-1800 P
 AUL
B
ECHT
B
ECHT
L
 AW
O
FFICE
 4710 Montgomery Blvd. NE Suite 103  Albuquerque, NM 87109 (505) 883-7311 J
ORDAN
W.
 
L
ORENCE
 
Counsel of Record
 D
 AVID
 A 
USTIN
R.
 
N
IMOCKS
  A 
LLIANCE
D
EFENDING
F
REEDOM
 801 G St. NW, Suite 509 Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 393-8690  jlorence@alliance defendingfreedom.org D
 AVID
 A.
 
C
ORTMAN
 B
 YRON
J.
 
B
 ABIONE
 J
 AMES
 A.
 
C
 AMPBELL
  A 
LLIANCE
D
EFENDING
F
REEDOM
 15100 N. 90th Street Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 444-0020
Counsel for Petitioner
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
Petitioner Elane Photography, LLC, a small photography business owned and operated by a husband and wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico, tells stories and conveys messages through its photographs and picture-books. Elane Photography serves all classes of people, but its owners object as a matter of conscience to creating pictures or books that will tell stories or convey messages contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs. Elane Photography declined to create photographs and a picture-book telling the story of Respondent Vanessa Willock’s same-sex commitment ceremony because those images would convey messages about marriage that conflict with its owners’ religious beliefs. Respondent Willock promptly found a different photographer, and then filed a complaint alleging that Elane Photography violated the state public-accommodations statute. The New Mexico Human Rights Commission concluded that Elane Photography violated the statute, and the New Mexico Supreme Court agreed. The question presented is: Whether applying a state public-accommodations statute to require a photographer to create expressive images and picture-books conveying messages that conflict with her religious beliefs violates the First Amendment’s ban on compelled speech.
 
ii
PARTIES TO THE PROCEEDING
Petitioner is Elane Photography, LLC, a small New Mexico photography business owned and operated by husband and wife Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin. Respondent is Vanessa Willock, an individual person who is a citizen of New Mexico.
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Petitioner Elane Photography is a New Mexico limited liability company. It does not have any parent companies, and no entity has any ownership interest in it.

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