The woman who won a historic Supreme Court case last month cementing First Amendment freedoms for business owners is speaking out and explaining what motivated her legal battle. Lorie Smith, a graphic and web designer who runs 303 Creative, told CBN’s Faithwire she was “ecstatic” when the high court ruled 6-3 in her favor.
“I was with my family and we had prayed for this moment for seven years,” she said. “[I was] ecstatic and grateful that the court stood to protect speech, not just for me, but for every American.” Smith said she brought her 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis case to defend freedom for all — not just herself. “From the start of my business many years ago, I’ve wanted one thing and that’s to create speech consistent with my convictions,” she said. “And I want that for everyone.”
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But Smith has charged that Colorado had both censored and compelled her speech. And that’s why she embarked on a legal battle to challenge laws and policies she believes impeded her rights — a battle that made its way to the Supreme Court, with the majority of the justices agreeing with Smith.
“After much prayer and consideration, I decided to take a stand to challenge Colorado’s injustice,” she said. “I know that if I want speech and free speech for myself, then I need to also defend it for others, not just today, but for future generations,” Smith continued, “After seven very long years, the highest court in the nation affirmed that the government can’t force anyone to say something they don’t believe, and, ultimately, that’s correct.”
Jonathan Scruggs, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom and an attorney who represented Smith, also responded to critiques Smith’s case was predicated on a quest to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Scruggs said the victory is for everyone. Watch Smith and Scruggs explain their quest and reaction to SCOTUS victory.
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