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This Christian graphics artist just won a landmark case versus same-sex couples and marriages

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Lorie Smith, a Christian graphics artist and website designer in Colorado, left, prepares to speak to supporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2022. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Christian graphics artist Lorie Smith was awarded an appeals victory by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of 303 CREATIVE LLC ET AL . v. ELENIS ET AL. Thereby affirming Christianity's and other faith's First Amendment freedom against the LGBTQ advocate's bullying-agenda.

In 2021, the appellants Lorie Smith and her website design company 303Creative, LLC had appealed the district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Appellees Aubrey Elenis, the Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and Phil Weiser, Colorado Attorney General.

But the SCOTUS ruled in a 6-3 decision last Friday that Ms. Smith could not be forced by law to create websites for same-sex marriages. That compelling a business owner to speak in a way that violates their beliefs is prohibited under the First Amendment.

Smith filed the lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent the state of Colorado from forcing her to create a website celebrating marriages that defy her belief that marriage should be reserved to unions between one man and one woman.

Currently, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) makes it unlawful for businesses open to the public to refuse service on the basis of sexual orientation and other characteristics.

The Supreme Court's conservative majority, however, set the precedent that free speech-based Christian enterprises cannot be compelled to create objectionable content that violates Almighty God Jesus Christ's commandments and moral standards as outlined in the Holy Bible.

Christians around the globe rejoiced and thanked the Lord for the ruling.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion: "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."

"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."

Smith's victory was the second awarded last Friday to Christians, family values champions and biological gender advocates in landmark cases.

Maya Forstater was awarded well over $120,00 in damages by a British tribunal on appeal, after her contract was not renewed by the Center for Global Development because she had consistently posted her views on social media criticizing transgenders.

Christians and other faiths are thankful that the days of LGTBQ bullying have been slowed and are hopefully coming to an end.



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