In response to the Arizona 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Arizona lawmakers have passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The gist of the act is to make it legal for business owners, such as myself, to cite our heartfelt religious beliefs in order to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

So here's my response:

I suppose as a Christian wedding photographer, in Arizona I now have the right to refuse to photograph:

1) a marriage between people of different races

Daniel 2:43
"As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay."

2) a marriage between a Christian and someone of another faith

2 Corinthians 6:14
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers."

3) a marriage between a man who divorces his wife and marries another.

Matthew 19:9
"And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,
and marries another, commits adultery.”

4) a marriage between a couple who have had sex before marriage

I Corinthians 6:9-11,

"Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God".

5) a marriage between people who want to be rich

1 Timothy 6:9
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare,
into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin
and destruction." 

I could go on, but wait ... if I refuse to serve all these people, I'll go out of business.

Hmmm ... so who will I choose to refuse to serve?

The people who desire to be rich? That doesn't sound like a good idea.

The divorced people getting married? Nope, too many of them.

The interracial couples? Probably not.

Better choose a really small minority, like homosexuals. Yeah, that sounds like a good choice.

And then I'll claim that I'm the one who is being discriminated against for following my conscience. (In a very limited manner, sure, but my conscience nonetheless.)

I mean Jesus said I would be persecuted for his sake, right?

I'm sure this is what he must've been talking about.

Yeah, right!


Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.