Supreme Court Rules 6-3 In Favor Of Colorado Graphic Designer Who Morally Refrains From Creating Same-Sex Wedding Websites

 June 30, 2023

The Supreme Court case 303 Creative v. Elenis pitted First Amendment freedoms against purported LGBTQ discrimination. In its’ landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a Colorado graphic designer who wants to make wedding websites, does not have to create them for same-sex marriages.

Friday, In their 6-3 decision issued, the high court ruled in favor of artist Lorie Smith, who sued the state of Colorado over its anti-discrimination law, prohibiting businesses providing sales or other accommodations to the public from denying service based on a customer's sexual orientation. In her argument to the high court, owner and founder of 303 Creative, Smith, claimed Colorado is controlling her right to free speech. Further, she said forcing her to promote messages that violate her deeply held faith, Smith said the law infringed on her First Amendment rights.

Authoring the majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch, said that,

"In this case, Colorado seeks to force an individual to speak in ways that align with its views but defy her conscience about a matter of major significance." …"But, as this Court has long held, the opportunity to think for ourselves and to express those thoughts freely is among our most cherished liberties and part of what keeps our Republic strong," …continuing… "But tolerance, not coercion, is our Nation’s answer. The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands. Because Colorado seeks to deny that promise, the judgment is reversed,"

-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

According to Fox News-

“The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, drew national attention as it featured competing interests of the First Amendment right to free speech and non-discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The law, known as the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), prohibits businesses providing sales or services to the publics from denying services to someone based on their identity. Supporters of CADA claim that the law is necessary to keep businesses from discriminating.”

-Fox News

Throughout the case Smith has maintained that she has no problem working with the LGBTQ community, just not for gay weddings. She reportedly, also claims that she has faced threats after challenging the CADA. In a March interview with the same outlet, Smith stated that-

"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," …Adding “

"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."

Reportedly, Smith has affirmed that she does not regret taking this matter to court either, saying-

Reportedly, Smith has affirmed that she does not regret taking this matter to court either, saying-

-Lorie Smith, Founder/Owner 303 Creative LLC

“The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and ... if any act shall be ... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.

-Thomas Jefferson
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