The Supreme Court rules for a designer who doesn’t want to make wedding websites for gay couples

July 02, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defeat for gay rights, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled on Friday that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples. The decision is also a retreat on gay rights for the court. Even as it has expanded gay rights, however, the court has been careful to say those with differing religious views needed to be respected. Smith, who owns a Colorado design business called 303 Creative, does not currently create wedding websites. Colorado said that under its so-called public accommodations law, if Smith offers wedding websites to the public, she must provide them to all customers, regardless of sexual orientation.