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Chelsea Nelson Photography, LLC v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government

Case Seeking Religious Exemptions from LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Laws

Key Date: February 27, 2020
Status: Pending before Federal District Court in Kentucky
Legal Team: Alliance Defending Freedom
Type: Public Accommodations Discrimination

Case Overview:

Chelsea Nelson Photography, LLC v. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government concerns a photography company that has a religious objection to providing services for same-sex couples’ weddings. The lawsuit seeks to preempt a local ordinance in Louisville, Kentucky that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.

Latest in the Case:

The case was filed in November of 2019. In February 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest expressing support for the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

Case History:

  • November 19, 2019: The plaintiff, represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, files a complaint in federal district court against the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government in Louisville, Kentucky. The case preemptively challenges a local ordinance prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination, including in places of public accommodation. The plaintiffs seek a motion for preliminary injunction that would block the order. The case is a pre-enforcement challenge to the potential future application of Louisville’s ordinance barring sexual orientation discrimination by public accommodations. 
  • February 27, 2020: The U.S. Department of Justice files a Statement of Interest in support of the plaintiff’s pending motion for a preliminary injunction, arguing that enforcement of the ordinance would violate the photographer’s freedom of speech.

Last Updated May 11, 2020

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