The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of a website designer who wants to deny her services for same-sex weddings, though no one is asking her to provide such a service.
Justice Neil Gorsuch authored the decision on behalf of the Republican appointees, over dissent from the Democratic appointees. The First Amendment prohibits the state of Colorado from forcing a website designer to create expressive designs speaking messages with which the designer disagrees, the majority held.
“Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in dissent, joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson.
It’s the latest high-court dispute over whether people can use the First Amendment to avoid complying with anti-discrimination laws. Recall the 2018 decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, where the court ruled for a baker who, citing his Christian beliefs, didn’t …