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Supreme Court takes up case of web designer who refuses to work with same-sex couples

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By Ariane of Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up the case of a Colorado graphic designer who creates websites to celebrate weddings but does not want to work with same-sex couples out of religious objection.

The court’s decision means he will enter another tough fight next quarter pitting a business owner who refuses to serve same-sex couples against a state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Four years ago, the court sided with Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. This ruling, however, was carefully tailored to the case at hand and was not a broad national verdict on whether companies could deny services to same-sex couples based on religious objections to marriage. homosexual.

Earlier this quarter, a Washington state florist who refused to make an arrangement for a couple due to religious objections to same-sex marriage withdrew a pending court petition after announcing she had settled her dispute.

The new Colorado case is going to the Supreme Court as the court’s conservatives have expanded religious freedom rights.

Lorie Smith, who runs a company called 303 Creative, is looking to expand her wedding business and has written a webpage explaining why she won’t create websites for same-sex couples. But under a Colorado public housing law, she says she can’t release the statement because the state considers it illegal.

Under Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, a business cannot post any communication that states that a public accommodation service will be denied because of their sexual orientation. Smith lost her case when a federal appeals court ruled against her – a decision her lawyers said amounted to the “extreme position that the government can compel an artist – any artist – to create content expressive, even if that content” violates the faith of the artist.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat, urged judges to decline a review of the case, noting in part that Smith had yet to formally submit his proposal and that there was no “threat credible enforcement” of its law.

“The company has never offered wedding website services to any clients,” he said in court documents, and stressed that Colorado had not “challenged its business practices.”

This story is broken and will be updated.

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