Same-Sex Marriage Trumps Religious Liberty in New Mexico

first_imgThe Foundry 22 August 2013Earlier today, the Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled that the First Amendment does not protect a Christian photographer’s ability to decline to take pictures of a same-sex commitment ceremony—even when doing so would violate the photographer’s deeply held religious beliefs. As Elaine Huguenin, owner of Elane Photography, explained: “The message a same-sex commitment ceremony communicates is not one I believe.”But New Mexico’s highest court, deciding an appeal of the case, today agreed with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and ruled against Elane Photography, concluding that neither protections of free speech nor free exercise of religion apply.Elaine and her husband Jon, both committed Christians, run their small photography business in Albuquerque, N.M. In 2006, she declined the request to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. In 2008, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ruled that by declining to use its artistic and expressive skills to communicate what was said and what occurred at the ceremony, the business had engaged in illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation.The commission ruled this way based on New Mexico’s human rights law, which prohibits discrimination in public accommodations (“any establishment that provides or offers its services … or goods to the public”) based on race, religion and sexual orientation—among other protected classes.Elane Photography didn’t refuse to take pictures of gays and lesbians, but only of such a same-sex ceremony, based on the owners’ belief that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. New Mexico law agrees, as it has no legal same-sex civil unions or same-sex marriages. Additionally, there were other photographers in the Albuquerque area who could have photographed the ceremony. read more

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle Chocolate Ice Cream Cake by: – September 10, 2011center_img Share Chocolate Ice Cream CakeThis layered chocolate cake is so high-standing and festive, no one will guess that it is low-fat. Chocolate cake mix is combined with yogurt to make the cake rich and creamy. The inside of the cake is layered with cherry-nut ice milk and chocolate ice milk, and the whole thing is frosted with a combination of whipped topping mix, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Make this dessert up to a day ahead and freeze it until you need it.Ingredients:Nonstick cooking spray1 package 2-layer-size regular chocolate cake mix1-1/3 cups water1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt4 egg whites1 quart cherry-nut ice milk, softened1 pint chocolate ice milk, softened1 1.3-ounce envelope whipped dessert topping mix1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder1/2 cup fat-free milk1 teaspoon vanillaUnsweetened cocoa powderDirections:1.Spray two 8×1-1/2-inch round baking pans with nonstick coating. Set aside.2.Prepare cake mix, using 1-1/3 cups water, yogurt, and egg whites instead of ingredients called for on the package, but otherwise follow package directions. Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on racks.3.Slice each cake in half horizontally making four layers. To assemble cake, place one layer on serving plate; spread with half of cherry-nut ice milk; top with second layer. Spread with chocolate ice milk; top with third layer. Spread with remaining cherry-nut ice milk; top with last layer. Cover and freeze for 1 hour.4.In a medium bowl combine dessert topping mix, cocoa powder, milk, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until thickened and of spreading consistency. Spread sides and top of cake with whipped topping mixture. Cover and freeze 4 to 24 hours or until firm.5.To serve, remove cake from freezer about 10 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle top lightly with cocoa powder. Cut into wedges using a wet knife. Makes 12 servings.Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Aid asked in finding campus burglars

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Since the start of 2006, 17 burglaries have occurred at nine local elementary schools, prompting police to ask for the public’s help in nabbing the culprits. The burglars have targeted computer equipment at the schools and have spread out all over Simi Valley, police said. “I’ve been with the district a little over 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Lowell Schultze, associate superintendent for business and facilities for the Simi Valley Unified School District. Those responsible typically force their way into the schools at night and on weekends and take computers, computer equipment and other property from classrooms and offices, police said. School officials haven’t determined exactly what the cost has been, although there have been thousands of dollars in losses. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] CAMPUS CRIMES The burglaries at Simi Valley elementary schools have occurred at the following campuses: Abraham Lincoln, 1220 Fourth St. Atherwood, 2350 E. Greensward St. Berylwood, 2300 Heywood St. Crestview, 900 Crosby Ave. Garden Grove, 2250 Tracy Ave. Justin, 2245 N. Justin Ave. Knolls, 6334 Katherine Road Park View, 1500 Alexander St. White Oak, 2201 Alscot Ave. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We’re very concerned,” police Sgt. Stephanie Shannon said. “Ultimately it affects the education of our students. We’re looking for community help.” The computers are used by the students daily, Schultze said. The district is trying to get replacement computers up and running as soon as possible. Carla Kurachi, a Simi Valley school board member, said it seems unlikely to her that children are responsible for the break-ins. “In this span of time, you have to wonder if it is an organized ring of adults hitting our schools. The use of computers is critical to the instructional program. … It has an impact on their ability to do research, to even take their tests.” Anyone who sees suspicious activity around a local school is asked to call police. People with information about the burglaries or the stolen property can call Detective Frank Ahlvers at (805) 583-6959. last_img read more