Photo finish may elude Kentucky wedding photographer

Appeals court questions plaintiff’s standing to sue over public accommodations ordinance

What could have been a slam dunk for a Louisville, Ky., wedding photographer’s federal appeal was sidetracked Thursday by a last-minute play by attorneys for the local government.

Chelsey Nelson sued the Louisville Metro government in November 2019 over a public accommodations ordinance she contended would require her to photograph and create blogs for same-sex weddings. She believes marriage is designed only for one man and one woman and the city’s law would have compelled her to speak messages that violated her religious convictions. In August 2020, a federal district court judge agreed with Nelson, barring Louisville from enforcing the law against her. The city appealed.

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