Christian photographer sues Virginia over law that may force him to service gay weddings

Chris Herring, a professional photographer filed a lawsuit against a new Virginia law for going against His Christian convictions.

Christian photographer sues Virginia over law that may force him to service gay weddings

 

Herring affimrs that the law would force him to violate his beliefs by requiring him to provide his services to same-sex weddings.

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For that reason, he didn’t wait and filed the lawsuit against the newly enacted Virginia Values Act on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division.

Signed into law by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam in April, the law bans businesses to  discriminate sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to the lawsuit, Herring would be forced to violate his Christian contictions in relation to marriage (one man and one woman).

“The Accommodations Clause [of the new law] forces Chris to provide photography services for same-sex engagements or weddings and would require Chris to promote messages that violate his religious beliefs or require him to participate in religious ceremonies that violate his religious beliefs,” reads the suit in part.

“This undercuts Chris’ message (expressed elsewhere in his photographs, blog, and Facebook account) celebrating marriage between one man and one woman; harms Chris’ reputation among his past and prospective clients; and adversely affects Chris’ ability to share biblical truths about marriage with others.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Herring. Therefore, ADF Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs said in a statement released Wednesday that he believed artists like Herring “shouldn’t be censored, fined, or forced out of business simply for disagreeing with the government’s preferred views.”

Source: The Christian Post

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