WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is listening to the case Monday of a Christian graphic artist who objects to designing marriage ceremony web sites for homosexual {couples}, a dispute that is the most recent conflict of faith and homosexual rights to land on the highest court docket.

The designer and her supporters say that ruling in opposition to her would pressure artists — from painters and photographers to writers and musicians — to do work that’s in opposition to their religion. Her opponents, in the meantime, say that if she wins, a spread of companies will be capable to discriminate, refusing to serve Black clients, Jewish or Muslim individuals, interracial or interfaith {couples} or immigrants, amongst others.

The case comes at a time when the court docket is dominated 6-3 by conservatives and following a collection of instances by which the justices have sided with non secular plaintiffs. It additionally comes as, throughout the road from the court docket, lawmakers in Congress are finalizing a landmark bill defending same-sex marriage.

The invoice, which additionally protects interracial marriage, steadily gained momentum following the excessive court docket’s resolution earlier this 12 months to finish constitutional protections for abortion. That call to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case prompted questions on whether or not the court docket — now that it’s extra conservative — may additionally overturn its 2015 resolution declaring a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Justice Clarence Thomas explicitly mentioned that call must also be reconsidered.

The case being argued earlier than the excessive court docket Monday entails Lorie Smith, a graphic artist and web site designer in Colorado who needs to start providing marriage ceremony web sites. Smith says her Christian religion prevents her from creating web sites celebrating same-sex marriages. However that might get her in hassle with state legislation. Colorado, like most different states, has what’s known as a public lodging legislation that claims if Smith gives marriage ceremony web sites to the general public, she should present them to all clients. Companies that violate the legislation might be fined, amongst different issues.

5 years in the past, the Supreme Court docket heard a unique problem involving Colorado’s legislation and a baker, Jack Phillips, who objected to designing a marriage cake for a homosexual couple. That case ended with a limited decision, nevertheless, and arrange a return of the problem to the excessive court docket. Phillips’ lawyer, Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, is now representing Smith.

Like Phillips, Smith says her objection is to not working with homosexual individuals. She says she’d work with a homosexual shopper who wanted assist with graphics for an animal rescue shelter, for instance, or to advertise a company serving youngsters with disabilities. However she objects to creating messages supporting same-sex marriage, she says, simply as she will not take jobs that will require her to create content material selling atheism or playing or supporting abortion.

Smith says Colorado’s legislation violates her free speech rights. Her opponents, together with the Biden administration and teams such because the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP Authorized Protection & Academic Fund, disagree.

Twenty largely liberal states, together with California and New York, are supporting Colorado whereas one other 20 largely Republican states, together with Arizona, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, are supporting Smith.

The case is 303 Inventive LLC v. Elenis, 21-476.

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