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January 1, Faith Wins: Supreme Court Upholds First Amendment Rights in Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Case



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In a crucial ruling upholding the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Lorie Smith, a Colorado graphic designer who wished to exclude same-sex marriages from the wedding websites she creates.

This decision comes in opposition to Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, which prohibits businesses offering sales or services from denying such based on a customer’s sexual orientation.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, authoring the majority opinion, stated, “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.”

Emphasizing the foundational value of free expression in the U.S., Gorsuch added, “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.”

The ruling overturns a lower court decision that had gone against Smith, who contended that the Colorado law violated her First Amendment rights by obliging her to endorse messages that conflicted with her deeply held faith.

The Supreme Court’s majority opinion warned against the government’s power to compel individuals to voice opinions they do not believe, a principle that, if unchecked, “would allow the government to force all manner of artists, speechwriters, and others whose services involve speech to speak what they do not believe on pain of penalty.”

Bottom Line

The case, titled 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, drew widespread attention as it embodied the conflict between the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and the need to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

Supporters of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) maintain that such laws are indispensable to prevent businesses from practicing discrimination.

However, this Supreme Court ruling sets a precedent affirming the rights of individuals to express, or refrain from expressing, ideas based on their personal beliefs.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. 1PatriotForever

    July 6, 2023 at 6:20 am

    It’s the same with the jab: COERSION. It boils down to BULLYING and BULCHITE.
    The gay community is not the only one with VIEWS. My view is you are spiritually dead, your view you want to take my views. According to the CONSTITUTION EACH has a RIGHT to their View despite the face neither likes the others views, but that is AMERICA – so get over it

  2. BF

    July 6, 2023 at 6:49 am


  3. Nate

    July 6, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Since Kenysha Brown Jackson can’t define between male and female, she did NOT comment or vote either way in the decision.

  4. Ginger Bevis

    July 6, 2023 at 8:22 am

    Excellent news. As the Bible says, a marriage will be man and woman.

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