Supreme Court again takes no action on Elane Photography case – Equality on Trial (registration)
March 31, 2014
The Supreme Court, for the second time has held a conference in which it looked at Elane Photography v. Willock, and the Court has yet to decide whether to grant or deny review. The case was relisted after no action was taken last week. The Court first looked at the case on March 21 and then on March 28.
Elane Photography involves a photography business in New Mexico who refused service to a same-sex couple who wanted their commitment ceremony photographed by the business. Elane Photography is challenging the application of the state’s public accommodations law (prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations on several grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity) as it applies to their photography business. They argue that photographing the ceremony is “compelled speech” and is unconstitutional.
Presumably, the case will be relisted again for a later conference.