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09/05/2023 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – T he U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 30 ruled 6-3 in favor of religious liberty in a landmark case citing the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The case involved a lawsuit brought by Lorie Smith, a Christian web designer in Colorado, against a Colorado anti-discrimination law that would have required Smith to design a website for a homosexual couple.

Chief Justice Roberts, Justices Alito, Barrett, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Thomas ruled in favor, with Gorsuch writing the majority opinion. Justices Kagan, Jackson, and Sotomayor ruled against, with Sotomayor writing the dissenting opinion.

Thus, SCOTUS reversed the previous decision by the Tenth Circuit and struck down the Colorado law, ruling that, “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. Colorado cannot deny that promise consistent with the First Amendment.”

The dissenting opinion asserted that, “Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class,” claiming that the ruling followed a nationwide “backlash to the movement for liberty and equality for gender and sexual minorities.” Sotomayor then compared the ongoing LGBTQ+ movement with the civil rights movement of the late 20th century.

The majority opinion stated in response that, “It is difficult to read the dissent and conclude we are looking at the same case… The dissent claims that Colorado wishes to regulate Ms. Smith’s ‘conduct,’ not her speech.” Gorsuch then wrote that “it is the dissent that would have this Court do something truly novel by allowing a government to coerce an individual to speak contrary to her beliefs on a significant issue of personal conviction, all in order to eliminate ideas that differ from its own.”

Amid LGBTQ+ celebrations nationwide, an already-divided Christian community in the United States faces intense conflict. The threat of direct persecution—despite constitutional protections—is increasing, as activists seek to normalize LGBTQ+ ideology and practice at all levels of Western society.

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