(BP) A court decision in support of a Kentucky photographer who declines to shoot same-sex weddings is a victory for religious freedom, advocates for the First Amendment right said.
In an Aug. 14 order, federal judge Justin Walker blocked the city of Louisville from enforcing a law against Chelsey Nelson that requires her to provide her services for a same-sex ceremony if she does so for a wedding between a man and a woman. Walker’s decision enables Nelson, a Christian, to continue to act in her business based on her religious convictions while she continues her legal challenge to Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance.
The order also prevents enforcement of a section of the gay and transgender rights measure that prohibits Nelson from publishing on the website the reasons she photographs and edits photos of only male-female weddings. Nelson blogs about weddings and other subjects on her business’ website.