In an inspiring pushback against the LGBT army and their fascism, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled this week that the city of Louisville cannot force a Christian photographer to work same-sex weddings. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker said that the “Constitution does not require a choice between gay rights and freedom of speech.” In making his ruling, the judge saved photographer Chelsey Nelson from the financial penalties levied against her by Louisville officials.
“Just as gay and lesbian Americans cannot be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth, neither can Americans with a deep faith that requires them to do things passing legislative majorities might find unseemly or uncouth,” wrote Walker. “They are members of the community too. And under our Constitution, the government can’t force them to march for, or salute in favor of, or create an artistic expression that celebrates, a marriage that their conscience doesn’t condone. America is wide enough for those who applaud same-sex marriage and those who refuse to.”
Precisely. It isn’t difficult to find a photographer (or a T-shirt maker, or a baker) who believes in gay marriage. What’s difficult, we imagine, is finding one who is adamantly opposed. That’s why we always suspect, in these cases, that gay couples are trolling to find these Christians for the purpose of getting rejected. Then they can crank up the litigation and make their point – if not make some extra money to pay for the honeymoon.
In a statement, Nelson’s lawyers at the Alliance Defending Freedom said everyone should be disturbed by laws and ordinances that compel speech.
“This interpretation of the law is a violation of Chelsey’s constitutionally protected free speech and freedom of religion,” ADF said in a statement. “And it should concern everyone who values the rights we have in America to live and work consistently with our beliefs free from government punishment.”
In court, ADF lawyer Jonathan Scruggs argued: “Just like every American, photographers and writers like Chelsey should be free to peacefully live and work according to their faith without fear of unjust punishment by the government. The court was right to halt enforcement of Louisville’s law against Chelsey while her case moves forward. She serves everyone. She simply cannot endorse or participate in ceremonies she objects to, and the city has no right to eliminate the editorial control she has over her own photographs and blogs.”
The fact that any city would think they have that right in the first place is a sign of just how captured our lawmakers already are. It’s time for some major legal wins to put an end to this woke insanity.