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Supreme Court today to hear important Gay rights versus Religious rights case

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It is being called the latest clash between gay and religious rights to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. It's the case of a Christian graphic designer from Littleton, Colorado who objects to designing wedding websites for gay couples.

Web designer Lorie Smith is taking her case front and center before the nation's highest court today. She and her supporters say that ruling against her would force artists — from painters and photographers to writers and musicians — to do work that is against their faith. Smith's opponents, meanwhile, say that if she wins, a host of businesses will be able to discriminate, refusing to serve Black customers, Jewish or Muslim people, interracial or interfaith couples, or immigrants, along with gay couples.

Smith's case comes at a time when the court has a 6-3 conservative "super majority" and follows a series of cases in which the justices have sided with religious plaintiffs. It also comes as, across the street from the court, lawmakers in Congress are finalizing a landmark bill protecting same-sex marriage.

The bill, which also protects interracial marriage, steadily gained momentum following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 24th of this year to end constitutional protections for abortion.

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