The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the appeal of a New Mexico photographer sued by a lesbian couple after she refused to take pictures at their commitment ceremony because of her religious convictions. The case centered on Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin and their business, Elane Photography. In 2006, they refused to work at the commitment ceremony of Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth. The lesbian couple was able to find another photographer but still filed a discrimination grievance against Elane Photography with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission. The Huguenins lost at every level of the court fight, and on Monday that defeat became final. Attorney Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, represented Elane Photography in the case. He said the court’s decision not to hear the case is disappointing, but he sees a silver lining. “This is not the same thing as the Court summarily affirming the decision below. All that means is that the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case. They did mull this over for three extra times at their conference, which is encouraging in a slight way that it means the justices took this case seriously, gave it a lot of extra consideration but decided, ultimately, not to hear the case,” Lorence said. More