Commonwealth Policy Center

In 2019 Chelsey Nelson, a Louisville wedding photographer, challenged the Louisville Fairness Ordinance that would force her to photograph so-called same-sex wedding ceremonies. Three years later, a federal court upheld her First Amendment right. But to no surprise, former Democrat Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer appealed that decision. In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling on a similar case upholding a website designer’s First Amendment right, Attorney General Daniel Cameron sent a letter to the current Mayor of Louisville and encouraged him to abandon his challenge to compel Nelson to photograph events that violate her conscience. “The Supreme Court has spoken,” Cameron said. “Chelsey Nelson has the right to her conscience and cannot be compelled to speak against it.”