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

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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 initiative originated in Colorado, where the owner of a graphic and web design firm is seeking the right to opt out of creating websites for same-sex couples as she grows into creating wedding websites. 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 began.

Read the brief

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