Source: Associated Press
By RICK CALLAHAN
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Amish couple with 13 children sued the federal government on Wednesday, accusing officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting that they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife’s request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.
The Indiana couple won’t allow themselves to be photographed “for any reason,” in keeping with their Old Order Amish belief that photos of people are “graven images” prohibited by the biblical Second Commandment, the lawsuit states.
Their complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis as a last resort after federal officials repeatedly refused to accommodate the couple and “their sincerely held religious beliefs” and other efforts failed to resolve the dispute, it contends.
The U.S., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the two agencies’ leaders are named as defendants. Both agencies said Wednesday that they don’t comment on pending litigation.