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File photo of the Supreme Court. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of the Supreme Court. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a commercial photography business in New Mexico that objects to taking pictures of same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The justices on Monday left in place a state Supreme Court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a same-sex couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony.

Elane Photography co-owner Elaine Huguenin said taking the photos would violate her religious beliefs.

She said she also has a right of artistic expression under the First Amendment that allows her to choose what pictures to take, or refrain from taking.

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