MPR News with Angela Davis

Inside the Supreme Court’s web designer ruling

People hold signs and an equality flag
People rally and protest outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Dec. 5, 2022. The Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Lorie Smith, a Christian graphic artist and website designer in Colorado, who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples.
Andrew Harnick | AP Photo 2022

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a wedding website designer in Colorado who refused to work with same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage. 

Colorado has an anti-discrimination law that says as long as your business is public, you have to treat everyone equally.

But, the Supreme Court ruled she has a right to free speech under the First Amendment. 

This ruling has sparked conversations about the line between the law and discrimination. 

MPR News host Angela Davis will talk with a law expert about the significance of this case and a marketing consultant with expertise in marketing to LGBTQ+ customers about what businesses stand to gain or lose if they choose or refuse to advertise to LGBTQ+ people.

Jill Hasday
MPR News host Angela Davis (left) talks with Jill Hasday in an MPR News studio in St. Paul on Thursday.
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  • Jill Hasday is a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes about anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, family law and legal history.

  • Michael Abata is a brand marketing consultant based in Minneapolis and he’s experienced in marketing to LGBTQ+ people.

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