Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Colorado Ban On Discriminating Against Same-Sex Weddings

 On Monday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of appeals heard oral arguments (audio of full arguments) in 303 Creative v. Elenis. In the case, plaintiff Lorie Smith wanted to expand her business to design custom websites for couples planning weddings. However she would not provide her services for same-sex weddings.  Last year, a Colorado federal district court rejected a constitutional challenge to the application of the "communications clause" of Colorado's public accommodation law to Smith's business.  That law prohibits publication of any notice or advertisement indicating that services will be withheld on the basis of, among other things, sexual orientation. (See prior posting.) KNSI News reports on the oral arguments.