A nice looking couple walks in the door of your wedding photography business seeking your services for their April 20th wedding. They start with pleasantries, and suddenly you feel excited to work for them.
As you are reaching for the contract to have them sign, the man’s shirt moves up his arm a little and you notice a swastika on the arm. He notices you looking, and he flashes a smile while saying: “White power.”
He then proceeds to explain to you that his wedding will secondarily be a Nazi celebration, commemorating Hitler’s birthday.
You refuse to provide him with your services.
He sues you in court. You argue: this client absolutely violates your moral principals, and that he has other options to seek another photographer. He sues you for discrimination and wins.
Is Justice well served?
Consider this news from today:
“ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that a professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated New Mexico’s discrimination law.”
I imagine that naysayers to my scenario will knock it because homosexuals are not Nazis. On this, I would agree.
So, how about we replace the Nazi scenario with a Christian wedding, where they want to take special care to promote “Godly marriage,” hoping you will take special care to get photos of their “God hates Fags” banners.
Should you, as a wedding photographer, be forced to take pictures against your moral conviction?