President Joe Biden expressed his disappointment with the Supreme Court’s ruling that Colorado cannot compel a graphic designer to create wedding websites that contradict her religious beliefs about marriage.
Lorie Smith, the graphic designer, had raised concerns that if she expanded her business to include wedding websites, the state might force her to offer services for weddings that go against her beliefs. Justice Neil Gorsuch, in his opinion, acknowledged Smith’s concerns and emphasized the importance of free expression and individual liberty protected by the First Amendment.
President Biden described the ruling as disappointing and emphasized the principle that no one should face discrimination based on their identity or whom they love. He expressed concern that the decision could potentially lead to more discrimination against LGBTQI+ Americans.
Additionally, he raised broader concerns about weakening long-standing laws that protect all Americans from discrimination in public accommodations, including people of color, people with disabilities, people of faith, and women.
It is worth noting that the Supreme Court also recently ruled against race-based criteria in college admissions, which Biden and others with left-leaning perspectives also disagreed with.