A photographer in Norfolk, Va., has filed a preemptive lawsuit against the state’s new LGBTQ+ rights law, saying it would force him to go against his Christian beliefs by serving same-sex weddings.
The Virginia Values Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public and private employment, public accommodations, and access to credit, went into effect last Wednesday. The photographer’s business would be considered a public accommodation.
The photographer, Chris Herring, filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Virginia, one day before the law came into force, The Virginian-Pilot reports. He’s represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has served numerous anti-LGBTQ+ clients, including the Colorado baker who won a qualified victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018.