Among the opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court handed down on Friday, June 30, justices ruled in favor of a Colorado web developer who said she had a First Amendment right to refuse a gay couple as a client because of her religious beliefs.
The opinion comes in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis et al, which said that web designer Lorie Smith could refuse business from a homosexual couple because of her opposition to same-sex marriage, despite a Colorado state law the prevents discrimination against gays.
The ruling came on a 6-3 vote and the complete opinion is found here.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves commented in response to the ruling that it “emboldens and strengthens our First Amendment rights.”
“The government cannot force you to say things you don’t believe,” Reeves said. “The government cannot force you to reject your Christian faith. This is a loss for radical liberals who want to impose a state-enforced ideology from the top down. Mississippians and defenders of freedom everywhere absolutely reject this. Free speech in America is stronger today because of this decision.”
This story is developing and will be updated as more reactions are received.