A Colorado judge has ruled to affirm a law in the state that bans businesses from stating Christian beliefs about marriage and homosexuality.
Lorie Smith is a web designer who owns the studio 303 Creative. She filed suit against members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Aubrey Elenis, director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division for enforcing a law that prevents her from refusing to create websites that promote same-sex marriages.
Judge Marcia Krieger ruled to uphold the law, which states that Colorado businesses can’t discriminate based on “sexual orientation.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom is defending Smith, and said it will appeal the ruling. A previous Supreme Court ruling said that the state was showing hostility toward Masterpiece Cake Shop in fining the business for not baking a cake for a same-sex marriage.
The ruling also conflicts with federal court decisions in Minnesota and Arizona that said Christian businesses do not have to provide services when they conflict with religious beliefs.
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