Usa, the case of the web designer who doesn’t want to work for gay couples. In the crosshairs (after abortion) homosexual rights

Is called Lorie Smith. She is an artist and designer, owner of a web services company, “303 Creative”, based in LittletonColorado. Lorie Smith it is also one convinced evangelical. The cause that his lawyers have discussed in these hours at the Supreme Court could change the course of rights homosexuals in the United States. More: It could have historic effects on the ways America fights prejudice and discrimination.

The theme that Smith brings before the nine judges of the Court is about his work and his faith. Lorie wants to expand his business. She would like to create websites for couples who decide to get married. But she hasn’t done it so far, for fear of getting into trouble. In fact, the designer wants to work only for women heterosexual couples. She’s a Christian traditionalist, conservative, and believes that same-sex marriages are evil. The Colorado law, which prohibits any discrimination on the basis of “sex, ethnicity, religion”, would however oblige it to offer its services to everyone, including homosexual couples.

It’s what Smith doesn’t want to do, and that makes her get to the Cut supreme. The designer requests that her work as an artist be protected by the First Amendment, that her right to free expression be defended, and that therefore she is not forced to embrace an act contrary to her faith. In other words, Lorie Smith want to create websites for i marriage. He doesn’t want to create them for homosexuals.

The dilemma that Lorie Smith bring to the attention of Cut it is also not new. Already in 2018 a pastry chef – also from Coloradoalso a Christian – had turned to the nine judges not to be forced to prepare wedding cakes for the marriage homosexuals. At the time the Court had defended its legitimacy profession of faithbut without arriving at a definitive opinion. For this today Lorie Smith back to charge. Behind her, of course, are groups on the religious right, energized by the new opportunities a Cut firmly in the hands of conservatives can offer. In August there was the ruling that canceled abortion at the federal level. The next target, predictably, are the homosexual rights.

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The discussion in the classroom Supreme Court – on the one hand, the lady’s lawyers Smithled by Kristen Waggoner (head of ca very powerful conservative religious organization), on the other the Solicitor General of Colorado Eric Olson – has already shown a stark contrast ideologicalwith the six judges conservatory very willing to accept the designer’s request and the three liberals worried about the possible ones general effects. The liberal Sonia Sotomayor for example, he asked Waggoner: “What limit do you set yourself? What would happen with the marriage interracial? Or with those between people with disability?” It is in fact clear that – in the event that a person is given the right to deny his services to couples homosexuals – this could concern other groups. Some may disagree with unions between a black person and a white person. Others maybe don’t like that people with handicap they can to get married e procreate. “Il Dad Natale of a department store can refuse a photo next to a black child?” asked another liberal judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The strategy of the Conservatives during the debate in the hall was basically that of smoothcushion, reassure. Kirsten Waggonerthe lawyer of Smithhe made a point of distinguishing between goods that are the product of personal creativity and goods that are simply in salefor example on the shelves. The designer of the Colorado in fact, it does not refuse its services to homosexuals. “He would have no problem selling software to a gay person,” he said Waggoner. What he doesn’t want is to offer a job like this intimate e creative to encourage values ​​contrary to his faith. The conservative judges, with their questions and comments, followed this line. “The designer’s work is something extremely personal,” the judge noted Amy Coney Barrett. “It cannot be put on the same level as a ristorantea ferry or a train”, explained the most conservative of the judges, Clarence Thomas (who by the way is African American and married to a white woman).

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In short, the tenor of the debate it clearly showed one thing. THE judges conservatory they are inclined to support the lady’s reasons Smith – and since the Conservatives are in clear majority, the sentence (expected for early summer 2023) appears already written. TO Lorie Smith protection will be recognized Primo Amendment and the free exercise of religion. Lorie Smith will be able to decide who to work for. From now on, anyone, company or individual, will therefore be able to deny their services if they disagree with the sexuality – perhaps even with the ethnicity or religion – of the hypothetical client. And since it is very difficult to distinguish between creative work and a simple commercial offer, it is possible that this ruling will pave the way for a real explosion of cases of discrimination.

Apart from the long-term effects, however, it is clear that at the moment the offensive of religious e conservatory he’s focusing right on the rights homosexuals. After the ruling that canceled abortion, Clarence Thomas had explained that this Cut supreme is ready to reconsider also the issue of marriage homosexuals. And during the discussion of the case of Lorie Smithanother conservative judge, Samuel Alito, he explained that there are many “honorable” people who object to “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the Supreme Court ruling in 2015 that recognized same-sex marriages. The two positions are more than enough to raise the alarm in the American homosexual groups. It is true that, just last week, the United States Congress passed a law that federally protects i same-sex marriages (and interracial ones). But there are several ways to weaken a law, to lengthen the shadow of discrimination on what has the appearance of equality. One of these ways is, according to some and in this case, to prevent access to determined services for homosexual couples.

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Finally, one last thing should be remembered, which perhaps does not appear to be a mere coincidence. Is Lorie Smith that Jack Phillipsthe pastry chef who refused the homosexual couple the wedding cake, come from Colorado. And Colorado has an ancient history of discrimination and violence against homosexuals, culminating in the attack on Club Qthe Colorado Springs club where 5 homosexuals were killed last November 19th. The message that the probable ruling of the Supreme Court sent, it then seems destined to fuel fears, controversies, ever deeper and more painful wounds. In Colorado and elsewhere.

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