If a Christian graphic designer in Colorado objects to promoting the same-sex marriage of “Stewart” and “Mike” because it violates her religious beliefs, that’s just too bad, a federal judge has ruled.
Lorie Smith, who runs the studio 303 Creative, challenged Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. Smith filed a lawsuit, 303 Creative v. Elenis, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in 2016. The law requires her to violate her Christian beliefs in marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman and create websites celebrating and promoting same-sex marriages.
Smith’s lawsuit is a “pre-enforcement challenge,” which lets citizens challenge laws that restrict their rights before the government enforces the laws against them.
On Sept. 1, a federal judge issued a ruling refusing to temporarily halt the law. He also put Smith’s legal challenge on hold until the U.S.