(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – BREAKING NOW: In a major victory for free speech and religious freedom, the United States Supreme Court has decided that a graphic designer from Colorado, who specializes in creating wedding websites, is not obligated to design them for same-sex weddings. This landmark ruling brought to the forefront the complex issues involving LGBTQ non-discrimination and the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and religious liberty clauses.
The decision, made by a 6-3 majority on a Friday, favored Lorie Smith, an artist who filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. This law makes it unlawful for businesses offering products or services to the public to refuse service based on someone’s sexual orientation.
Smith argued that this law violated her First Amendment rights by forcing her to spread messages that go against her deeply rooted faith.
This case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, caught the nation’s attention because it touched on the tension between the right to free speech and the fight against discrimination towards the LGBTQ community.
The law at the center of the case, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), forbids businesses from denying services to individuals due to their identity. CADA supporters believe this law is necessary to prevent businesses from exercising prejudice.
Throughout the case, Smith insisted she had no issues working with the LGBTQ community but does not support gay weddings.
Smith told Fox News Digital in a March 2022 interview, “I think it’s important for people to understand that I love and welcome the opportunity to work with all people. My case has never been about choosing which client to work with, but about choosing the message that I’m being asked to promote.”
Smith also mentioned the threats she received throughout her case. “I’ve had my home address put on social media, I have received many threats — death threats, threats of bodily harm,” she said in December. “The security system on my home, my child’s school has been on alert. I’ve lost business, my clients have been harassed and my website… people attempt to hack into it, almost regularly by the hour.”
Despite the threats, Smith expressed no regrets about going to court. “The right to speak freely is guaranteed to all of us, and that’s been hard at times,” she said. “While it has come at a cost, it’s a right worth protecting.”
This is the second time CADA has been brought to the Supreme Court. Previously, in 2018, a bakery called Masterpiece Cakeshop won a case when the owner, Jack Phillips, declined to design and make cakes specifically for gay weddings.
However, that ruling did not decide whether the law itself violated the First Amendment’s freedom of speech or religious beliefs. Instead, the Supreme Court concluded that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed anti-religious bias when enforcing the law against Phillips.
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