Justice Richard C. Bosson, a Democrat who was elected to the court in 2002, stated that the defendants were "compelled to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives." The judge went on to say, "it is the price of citizenship."
The case involved photographer Elaine Huguenin, who had declined to use her artistic expression to portray the story of a same-sex commitment ceremony between two women. Although the two women easily found another photographer, they filed a complaint with the state’s Human Rights Commission against Huguenin and her husband. The commission ordered the Huguenins to pay nearly $7,000 in fees to the two women who filed the complaint.
In this ruling upholding the penalty, the court is essentially saying: If you practice your faith fully and openly, you will be punished — and punished severely!
Regarding the judge: In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan outlook of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. At that time, Bosson was given a Campaign finance score which indicates a very strong Democratic ideological leaning. That figure was calculated for judges who were current as of October 2012. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor of legislature).