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SCOTUS rules for website designer in case involving free speech, LGBTQ+ protectionsThe Supreme Court on Friday ruled for an evangelical Christian website designer in a case involving whether creative businesses can refuse to serve LGBTQ+ customers because of First Amendment free speech rights.
In a 6-3 decision for the conservative majority written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court said wedding websites are a form of speech and Colorado and its anti-discrimination law cannot force a designer to express something she does not wish to express.
"The First Amendment’s protections belong to all, not just to speakers whose motives the government finds worthy," Gorsuch wrote. "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."