Representative Doug Lamborn and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas have asked the Supreme Court to review a circuit court ruling that “bars a Colorado business owner from exercising his rights to free speech and to religious freedom, ”Lamborn said in a statement. declaration Friday.
Company owner Lorie Smith runs a web design company called 303 Creative. She is expanding her business into custom website design for clients planning weddings.
Smith says in a court document that she is ready to work with anyone, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation, but she will decline any request to design or promote content that “contradicts the truth.” biblical ”, which includes the promotion of any design. marriage other than between a man and a woman, promoting sexual immorality, or anything that humiliates or belittles others or incites violence.
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The document also states that these restrictions prevent the inclusion of marriage services for same-sex couples.
Under Colorado anti-discrimination law, Smith must provide these services for same-sex marriages, according to Lamborn’s press release.
Lamborn and Cruz, both Republicans, led a brief friend in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, stating that a Tenth Circuit ruling allows “the state to” wield CADA like a sword “to compel speech that conflicts with an individual’s deeply held beliefs.”
The case asks whether the First Amendment bans a public housing law that “requires an artist to speak or remain silent, contrary to the artist’s sincere religious belief,” according to the October 28 brief.
“The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that the state can compel Ms Smith’s creative speech – a decision that is in error and should be reviewed by the Supreme Court,” Lamborn wrote. , from Colorado Springs, in the press. Release.
Republican Representatives Lauren Boebert, 3rd Congressional District of Colorado, and Ken Buck, 4th Congressional District, also signed the brief.
Smith cannot provide personalized services for same-sex marriages “without violating his Christian faith,” Cruz wrote in an October 29 article. Press release.
“Religious discourse occupies a particularly important and protected place in American history and jurisprudence,” said the brief. “Mrs. Smith and others like her deserve the strongest possible First Amendment protection. The Court should grant the petition.
The case follows on from the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, refused to create a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins. Phillips said he would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage because of his religious beliefs. Lamborn supported Phillips and wrote an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of Phillips. In 2017, Lamborn wrote an op-ed titled “In defense of a pastry artist and our rights, where he argued that “Artists should never be forced to create masterpieces that their conscience cannot bear” and he asked if the government would “force a Muslim singer to perform at a Christian religious event”.
The Supreme Court overturned the Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision and ruled that the Commission did not act with religious neutrality. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutional issue of freedom of religion in its decision.