The Supreme Court in Washington
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The U.S. Supreme Court building seen in Washington May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley
updated 4/7/2014 9:46:11 AM ET 2014-04-07T13:46:11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple.

The court's refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the company remains intact. Albuquerque-based Elane Photography said its free speech rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be a valid defense to the state's finding that it violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act. The law, similar to laws in 20 other U.S. states, bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)

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