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Cruz, Lee lead over 50 lawmakers urging Supreme Court to reaffirm non secular liberty in creative freedom case

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Cruz, Lee lead over 50 lawmakers urging Supreme Court to reaffirm non secular liberty in creative freedom case

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EXCLUSIVE: Over 50 Republicans in Congress are submitting an amicus transient on the Supreme Court calling on the excessive courtroom to reaffirm constitutionally protected free speech and spiritual liberty in a closely-watched case pitting non secular freedom and creative expression towards LGBTQ rights.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, are main the Supreme Court submitting, which incorporates 20 Senate and 38 House of Representatives co-signers.

The case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, entails Colorado-based net designer Lorie Smith, who says her non secular beliefs wouldn’t permit her to create a customized wedding ceremony web site for same-sex {couples}.

The Court will resolve whether or not making use of a public-accommodation legislation to compel an artist to talk or keep silent violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

SUPREME COURT TO TAKE UP CASE OVER FREE SPEECH VS. LGBTQ RIGHTS

“A victory in favor of 303 Creative would mean a victory for religious freedom everywhere. Compelled speech against anyone’s religious beliefs is an egregious infringement on the most fundamental liberties our Constitution protects. Every American should have the freedom to pursue their professions without being forced to sacrifice their religious beliefs,” Cruz informed Fox News Digital.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Leadership Forum at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks in the course of the Leadership Forum on the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting on the George R. Brown Convention Center Friday, May 27, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

The case comes after the extremely publicized Masterpiece Cakeshop choice in 2018, wherein the Supreme Court dominated a baker, Jack Phillips, was handled with anti-religious bias for refusing to bake a marriage cake for a same-sex couple. However, the justices didn’t tackle a bigger query of whether or not sure companies can assert a spiritual liberty declare when refusing to serve sure prospects. 

The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing designer Smith within the case, had requested the excessive courtroom to evaluation a 2–1 choice made in July 2021 by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the tenth Circuit that dominated in favor of Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA).

WEB DESIGNER WHO REFUSES TO CREATE SITES FOR SAME-SEX WEDDINGS SAYS COLORADO LAW VIOLATES FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

“The government doesn’t have the power to silence or compel creative expression under the threat of punishment,” ADF General Counsel Kristen Waggoner, Smith’s legal professional stated after the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case. “It’s shocking that the 10th Circuit would permit Colorado to punish artists whose speech isn’t in line with state-approved ideology.”

LAKEWOOD, CO - AUGUST 15: Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop in Lakewood, Colo. August 15, 2018. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

LAKEWOOD, CO – AUGUST 15: Baker Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his store in Lakewood, Colo. August 15, 2018. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post by way of Getty Images)
(Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post by way of Getty Images)

The case has drawn criticism that Smith is on an “anti-LGBTQ crusade,” however she insists that isn’t the case.

Lambda Legal senior counsel Jennifer Pizer, who filed an amicus transient within the case, accused Smith and her attorneys of utilizing faith to marginalize the homosexual group.

“We are witness yet again to the unrelenting anti-LGBTQ crusade being waged by self-described Christian fundamentalist legal groups aiming to chip away at the hard-won gains of LGBTQ people by carving out swaths of territory where discrimination can flourish,” Pizer stated. “The constitutional protections for religious freedom and free speech were never intended as weapons of discrimination for those doing business with the general public.”

A police officer maintains a watch during a demonstration by victims of gun violence in front of the Supreme Court. 

A police officer maintains a watch throughout an illustration by victims of gun violence in entrance of the Supreme Court. 
(Joshua Roberts)

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Smith responded throughout an interview with Fox News: “I work with all people and I have worked with all people including those who identify as LGBT,” she stated. “I’m unable to promote all messages. And to take it a step further and to clarify, Colorado and the Tenth Circuit Court say they agree that I work with all people. So that’s certainly something that’s been clarified and agreed to.”

Oral arguments within the 303 Creative case are anticipated to be held within the fall.  

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar and Ronn Blizter contributed to this report.

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