Supreme Court Rules Colorado Cannot Force Graphic Designer to Create Art Violating Her Beliefs

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The United States Supreme Court ruled Friday that Colorado cannot force graphic designer Lorie Smith to create art that violates her religious beliefs.

Smith, who believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman, wants to create wedding websites. But under Colorado’s discrimination laws, if she were to create such wedding websites, she would be compelled to do so for same-sex weddings.

Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, Smith had asked the Supreme Court to say that Colorado’s discrimination law violated her rights. ADF asked the court: Can the government compel an artist to create custom artwork or speech that goes against the core of who that artist is?

And on Friday, the court decided that the government cannot.

Lorie Smith, left, the owner of 303 Creative, a website design company in Colorado, walks with her family to greet supporters outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 5, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“I create unique, one of a kind artwork, and messaging for my clients,” Smith shared in an interview with The Daily Signal earlier this year. “I love what I do. I have clients who come from all different walks of life, I have clients who identify as LGBT.”

“I’ve always wanted to design and create, and I’ve always wanted to create and design for weddings,” Lori said. “But I can’t do that … because the state of Colorado is censoring my speech and forcing me to create custom and unique artwork, one of a kind designs that celebrate messages about marriage that go against what I believe.”

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