The Christian-based Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver recently compared a same-sex ceremony to a KKK rally during an interview with the conspiracy website WND.
Staver and WND are upset because the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against a Christian wedding photographer, who admittedly discriminated against a lesbian couple by not photographing their commitment ceremony based on their sexual orientation, which violated the state's nondiscrimination law, noted RightWingWatch.org.
Staver also falsely claimed that the New Mexico Supreme Court told the Christian wedding photographer that she had to give up her "religious freedom" and "religious convictions" (audio below)
In reality, the New Mexico Supreme Court simply said that the wedding photographer's business could not discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation. There was no ruling about giving up "religious freedom" as the photographer is free to worship as she pleases.
"I think we saw the decision last week of the Supreme Court of New Mexico saying to a wedding photographer, 'You’ve gotta give up your religious freedom if you want to be a wedding photographer, you’ve gotta be forced to photograph same-sex ceremonies.' I mean, that’s just as absurd as saying you gotta be forced to photograph KKK rallies. You know, someone who says, 'I’ll photograph white people, I just won’t photograph it when you’re gathering in an event with hoods on your face and you have a KKK rally,'" said Staver.
"But here, this lady says, 'Well I’ll photograph anybody but I’m not going to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony,' and this court says, 'Well, you have to, you must, notwithstanding your religious convictions. Either give up your religious convictions or change them or get out of that profession.' That’s the zero-sum game, that’s the zero-sum collision that we’re now facing. "