When Freedoms Collide By George Writes Essay

732 Words Mar 21st, 2016 3 Pages
In "When Freedoms Collide" George writes about Elane Photography, in specific the horrid files of discrimination and law suits thrown at the owners: Elane Huguenin and her husband. It all began when Elane was contacted by a women named Vanessa Willock who asked to hire Elane Photography for her same gender commitment ceremony. Elane simply rejected because of religious reasons. After Willock got a response from Elane stating she does not photograph same sex marriage, her partner decided to also email Elane about a marriage she was having. Her partner did not disclose that it was same sex marriage and therefor Elane agreed to photograph. Willock and her partner filed discrimination towards Elane Photography and George expresses in his writing how he feels Elane was wronged by the government and should not be coerced into photographing against her religion. Now Elane is occupied with her time, because of "people wielding government power". According to the author he feels religion is a perfect reason for Elane 's refusal to take the photographs. The NMHRC claimed against the company and Elane Photography was forced to pay $6,600 for attorney fees. Eugene Voloch of the UCLA school of law sides with Huguenin stating that she should not be coerced into doing something that she is protected by religion. Voloch states how can one be forced to express themselves in art when the subject is not to their liking. "Would a photographer, even a Jewish photographer, be compelled to record…

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