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Graphic Designer Asks Supreme Court to Allow Her to Say No to Same-Sex Weddings



Photo: Alliance Defending Freedom

The Supreme Court next fall will hear arguments in the case of a Colorado graphic designer who says a state law forces her to supply services for same-sex weddings, a violation of her religious beliefs and right to free speech.  

Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit legal organization focused on protecting religious freedom and free speech, held a press conference Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol to highlight Lorie Smith’s lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  

“All of us should be free to say what we believe, even if the government disagrees with those beliefs,” Smith said at the event. 

Lawmakers in attendance included Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; James Lankford, R-Okla.; and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; as well as Reps. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.; Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz.; and Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.  

A total of 18 senators and 38 House Republicans filed an amicus brief June 2 in support of Smith.



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  1. To true Bible believing Christians, lgbt behaviors and same-sex marriage are sins. When the government can tell you what you can’t honor in the Bible, then there is no free exercise of religion. While we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, to be a true Christian, one must strive to have faithful obedience to God’s word. The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). While sin is a personal act, we Christians have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them; like by participating or supporting them. The government would force Christian business owners to sin or be out of business. You cannot separate freedom of worship, right of conscience, and freedom of speech without denying Christians the free exercise of religion. Yes, we as Christians are instructed to love our neighbor, but we are not to love our neighbor’s sins. About 150 genetic scientists from around world mapped the human genome and did NOT find a lgbt gene. There is no evidence based scientific proof lgbt behaviors have a genetic causation. The lgbt “born that way” claim is liberal ideology and not objective, evidence-based science. All behavior is a choice, unless a mental disorder or mental illness is involved. One stated purpose of the federal government is to secure and protect our rights. Government can’t lawfully dilute our constitutionally protected religious freedom by enacting a statute.
    Bottom line is government cannot lawfully force Christians to sin, to do so violates the free exercise clause and religious freedom!
    Article 2, Section 4 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
    The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever hereafter be guaranteed; and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship, religious sect or denomination against his consent. Nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.”
    Its beyond obvious the Colorado graphics designer has been railroaded her tyrannical state govt.