Nebraska joins legal push for right of Colorado businesses to deny services to same-sex couples

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) – Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has joined a lawsuit urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the First Amendment rights of business owners who want to deny services to customers who contradict their religious beliefs.

The amicus brief The initiative originated in Colorado, where the owner of a graphic design and web design company is demanding the right to opt out of creating websites for same-sex couples as she expands into creating websites of marriage. In the document, Lorie Smith, owner of 303 Creative, alleges that Colorado’s anti-discrimination law violates her First Amendment rights.

“Because Smith speaks through her custom design work, Colorado cannot force her to bring up the topic of same-sex marriage,” the statement from Peterson’s office reads. « SCOTUS [sic] precedents have banned forced speech without overriding public housing laws.

Nebraska AG joins its counterparts in 18 other states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia .

Nebraska’s attachment to the brief is dated Thursday, two days after pride month.

Read the brief

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