Once again, a blow has been dealt to the LGBTQIA+ community with the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing discrimination against couples based on sexual orientation on ‘free speech’ grounds. A graphic designer brought an injunction against non-discrimination laws in Colorado that would “force” her to work for clients whose union “contradicts biblical truth”. Oh, and the “inquiry” the graphic designer cited while bringing this injunction may have been fabricated.
As a wedding photographer, I have supported the community for more than 20 years. Before same-sex marriage was “legal”, I photographed many “commitment ceremonies”. And my support includes putting my money where my mouth is, sponsoring Pride events and volunteering my services.
Hate and bigotry have no place in my business. If you have a problem with that, you can show yourself to the door. And you can best believe that this decision will be used as precedent to excuse other forms of discrimination in the future.
Civil rights groups have warned that there could be a ripple effect following this decision and as Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissenting opinion, “”A website designer could equally refuse to create a wedding website for an interracial couple, for example … A stationer could refuse to sell a birth announcement for a disabled couple because she opposes their having a child. A large retail store could reserve its family portrait services for ‘traditional’ families. And so on…”
To my clients, friends, and family who are members of the LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized communities, I know I sound like a broken record but I am once again reaffirming my support for you. Your love is just as valid as anyone else’s.
I encourage others to be vocal in their support, and not just during Pride Month. Call your representatives. Speak out.