BREAKING: Supreme Court Issues Decision On Landmark LGBTQ Case

On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States concluded its summer session by issuing its ruling in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis which pertains to the state of Colorado forcing a graphic design website company, via a anti-discrimination law, to create a site for a gay marriage.

The decision was split along ideological lines with the Court's six conservative justices voting in favor of the web designer and the three liberal justices voting against.

In the Court's opinion, written by Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court sided with the web designer's claim that the First Amendment allows her to refuse making a site for a gay marriage.

"In this case, Colorado seeks to force an individual to speak in ways that align with its views but defy her conscience about a matter of major significance. In the past, other States in Barnette, Hurley, and Dale have similarly tested the First Amendment’s boundaries by seeking to compel speech they thought vital at the time," Gorsuch wrote in the Court's conclusion. "But, as this Court has long held, the opportunity to think for ourselves and to express those thoughts freely is among our most cherished liberties and part of what keeps our Republic strong."

"Of course, abiding the Constitution’s commitment to the freedom of speech means all of us will encounter ideas we consider “unattractive,” post, at 38 (opinion of SOTOMAYOR, J.), “misguided, or even hurtful,” Hurley, 515 U. S., at 574," the Court explained. "But tolerance, not coercion, is our Nation’s answer. The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands. Because Colorado seeks to deny that promise, the judgment is reversed."

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a dissenting opinion.

You can read the full opinion here.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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