Like Darden, Huguenin was discriminating in her choice of customers. Unlike Darden, once she had decided to forego an opportunity to make a profit she didn’t seek to discourage her competitors from extending their services to Willock and her partner. The couple very quickly located another wedding photographer who was willing to provide services – in a ceremony that took place out of state.
Owing entirely to the identity of the would-be customers as members of a specially protected class, Huguenin was prosecuted by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, which imposed a $7,000 penalty on her. Most of that money was given to the women whose business Huguenin declined. This meant, in effect, that the state government compelled her to pay for a ceremony that the same state didn’t regard as legitimate.