SCOTUS considers web designer’s offer to decline same-sex married clients

The US Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments in the case of an evangelical Christian web designer who refuses to work on same-sex weddings because of her religious beliefs.

Lorie Smith, 38, sued the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in 2016 over state anti-discrimination laws that prevented her from advertising that she would not create websites for same-sex couples.

“Colorado coerces and censors my speech and forces me to design and create custom artwork that celebrates messages that go against my deeply held beliefs,” Smith said. “My faith is at the core of who I am.”

Under Colorado’s antidiscrimination law, businesses cannot, and must not, deny the public their goods and services on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion.

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Web designer Lorie Smith will argue in the Supreme Court why she should refuse to create wedding websites for same-sex couples.
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Smith says she should be able to post on her website that she won’t create wedding sites for same-sex couples – but doing so currently violates Colorado’s discrimination laws.
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Smith says antidiscrimination laws violate her right to free speech.

Smith argues that Centennial State law conflicts with her right to freedom of expression and refusal from doing business that conflicts with her religious beliefs.

The married mother-of-one, who owns graphic design firm 303 Creative LLC, claims she has no problem working with LGBTQ clients on other projects that don’t involve marriage, and has done so in the past.

Assistant Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has been ordered to withdraw from Smith’s case as a devout Catholic.

The Supreme Court – which currently has a majority of conservative judges – legalized gay marriage in 2015.

With postal wires SCOTUS considers web designer’s offer to decline same-sex married clients


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