Supreme Court to Decide If Web Designer Must Support Gays

Supreme Court to Decide If Web Designer Must Support Gays

( – Over the last decade or so, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has ruled for religious freedom in almost every case that has come before it when the First Amendment is in question. The court will soon decide on another case regarding the rights of Christians after the justices agreed to hear the case.

On Tuesday, February 22, the SCOTUS agreed to take the case of Colorado graphic designer Lorie Smith who owns a company called 303 Creative. She wants to expand her business and start helping people create websites for their weddings, but doesn’t want to create sites for same-sex couples due to her own religious beliefs that a marrage is between a man and a woman. Under state law, she’s required to serve the LGBT community.

Smith lost her case in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and appealed to the SCOTUS. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser (D) asked the high court to reject the case, but the high court ignored the request and took it up.

Attorney Kristen Waggoner, who serves as Smith’s attorney and for the Alliance Defending Freedom general counsel, slammed Colorado for “weaponiz[ing] its law to silence speech it disagrees with.” She called laws like it a “clear and present danger” to American freedoms.

In 2018, the SCOTUS ruled 7-2 on a similar case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for same-sex couple. The case could settle a question that remained open after the 2018 ruling about whether laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation include business owners providing a service to a member of the LGBT community.

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