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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the case of a Colorado website designer who says the state violated her First Amendment right to free speech by requiring her to create designs that violate her beliefs about marriage.
On Dec. 5, Lorie Smith, a Denver-based graphic artist, will have her case heard before the high court in hopes that it will rule that she doesn't have to express unbiblical messages that violate her First Amendment rights.
"I have been hoping and praying for this day for many, many years," Smith said in a video. "I'm very thankful that the United States Supreme Court has decided to hear my case because my case is important to all Americans, including artists, like myself. It's important that our first amendment rights for free speech are protected."
As CBN News reported, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last July that Smith had to design wedding websites for same-sex couples. Smith wanted to move into the wedding space but quickly found out that Colorado law required her to create sites that did not align with her belief that marriage is the union of one man and woman.
She was taken to court where the judges ruled that she not only had to create the websites but also prohibited her from explaining on her social media page which websites she could create based on her religious beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing Smith, argues the law forces her to violate her Christian beliefs.
"The government doesn't have the power to silence or compel creative expression under the threat of punishment. It's shocking that the 10th Circuit would permit Colorado to punish artists whose speech isn't in line with state-approved ideology," said ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner, Smith's attorney.
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