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April 7, 2014
Supreme Court Denies Appeal from Photographers Who Declined to Participate in Same-Sex Ceremony
American Family Association Says Court Has Become Chief Threat to Constitution

 The United States Supreme Court today announced it would not hear an appeal from New Mexico photographers who were fined by the state after opting not to photograph a same-sex ‘marriage’ ceremony. The Christian photographers declined to participate in the ceremony as it violates their deeply held religious convictions.

In response to the Court’s announcement, American Family Association (AFA, president Tim Wildmon issued the following statement:

“By refusing to take up the appeal of law-abiding citizens seeking to exercise religious liberty under the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has shown itself in this case to be an utterly unqualified defender of that Constitution. The Court would never dream of forcing an Imam to perform a Christian wedding ceremony, or of forcing a Buddhist to participate in a Muslim ceremony. Yet when a same-sex couple cries foul because Christians opt not to participate in their ceremony, the legal system bends over backwards to pacify the same-sex couple.    

“Our God-given right to liberty, so eloquently enshrined in our Constitution, must not be trumped by political correctness. Sadly, the Court today chose promoting the homosexual agenda over upholding the First Amendment.”

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.  

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