Read the amicus briefs filed in support of Elane Photography’s cert. petition

In November, we filed this petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the Court to review the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision in Elane Photography, LLC v. Willock.

Last week, several state attorneys general, as well as other organizations and individuals, filed amicus curiae briefs asking the Supreme Court to take the case, and to protect the First Amendment right of business owners not to be compelled to engage in expression with which they disagree.

In case you are interested in reading them, here are links to the briefs:

1. Brief of Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioner.

This amicus brief points out, among other things, that no state has a legitimate interest in compelling people to create expression with which they disagree.

2. Brief of Amici Curiae Cato Institute, Eugene Volokh, and Dale Carpenter in Support of Petitioner.

This brief was written by Prof. Eugene Volokh of UCLA Law School (and chief conspirator of the Volokh Conspiracy), and Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Mr. Shapiro has also written a blog post about this case, Antidiscrimination Law Can’t Trump the Freedom of Speech, at the Cato at Liberty blog.

3. Brief of Wedding Photographers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

In the state courts, our opponents suggested that wedding photography is not sufficiently expressive to merit First Amendment protection. This brief should put those suggestions to rest.

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