Christian graphic designer fights state forcing her to promote LGBT weddings reports: “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. Supreme Court rules in a separate religious liberty case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Now Smith is appealing the judge’s decision.

The trouble for Smith began when a couple identifying as ‘Stewart’ and ‘Mike’ requested services from 303 Creative, which specializes in website design, graphics, events planning and marketing…”

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