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The U.S. Department of Justice is coming to the assistance of a Louisville business owner who believers her First Amendment rights are threatened by a local ordinance that elevates LGBT identity to protected status.  Chelsey Nelson is a photographer and is suing Louisville over its Fairness Ordinance which says that businesses cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in areas of housing, employment, or public accommodations. Nelson doesn’t want to hurt anybody, but at the same time, she believes that she shouldn’t be compelled to lend her artistic talents to promote lifestyles that conflict with her conscience. There are very few complaints of LGBT discrimination brought under the Fairness Ordinance but Nelson believes that so long as it’s there, its a threat to her freedom.