US Supreme Court Rules for Designer Who Doesn't Want to Make Wedding Websites for Gay Couples
The designer, Jack Phillips, argued that creating a wedding website for a same-sex couple would violate his religious beliefs.
The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a wedding website designer who refused to create websites for same-sex couples.
The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, was decided by a 7-2 vote. The court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the designer's First Amendment rights by refusing to grant him an exemption from the state's anti-discrimination law.
The designer, Jack Phillips, argued that creating a wedding website for a same-sex couple would violate his religious beliefs. He said that he would be willing to create a generic wedding website for the couple, but he would not create a website that specifically mentioned their sexual orientation.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled against Phillips, saying that he had violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to create the website. The commission said that Phillips' religious beliefs did not give him the right to discriminate against same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for religious freedom advocates. It is also a setback for same-sex marriage advocates, who had hoped that the court would rule in favor of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.