WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of 303 Creative v. Elenis. In the case, the justices are considering whether Christian graphic artist Lorie Smith can speak freely – or whether the government gets to decide what she says through her custom art.
Exactly five years ago, on December 5th, 2017, the Supreme Court considered the freedoms of another Coloradan—cake artist Jack Phillips. The court ruled in favor of Jack but didn’t address the underlying issue of free speech.
Statement from David Walls, Executive Director of The Family Foundation:
“Free speech should be for everyone, including for the millions of Americans that continue to believe in marriage between one man and one woman. No one should be forced to say something that is not true and promote a message that they don’t believe. At stake in the case, is whether Americans will be free to express their ideas even when the government disagrees with them. We urge our nation’s High Court to uphold free speech – a win for Lorie is a win for all Americans,” concluded Walls.
The case concerns a radical Colorado law that requires Smith to communicate messages inconsistent with her Christian beliefs. Kristen Waggoner—CEO, president, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom—defended Lorie’s freedom to say what she believes before the High Court today. The Family Foundation in Kentucky is a state policy ally of Alliance Defending Freedom.
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