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BeckyDem

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Fri Jun 30, 2023, 06:35 PM Jun 2023

The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court

Melissa Gira Grant

June 29, 2023

In filings in the 303 Creative v. Elenis case is a supposed request for a gay wedding website—but the man named in the request says he never filed it.

Long before the Supreme Court took up one of the last remaining cases it will decide this session—the 303 Creative v. Elenis case, concerning a Colorado web designer named Lorie Smith who refuses to make websites for same-sex weddings and seeks an exemption from anti-discrimination laws—there was a couple named Stewart and Mike. According to court filings from the plaintiff, Stewart contacted Smith in September 2016 about his wedding to Mike “early next year.” He wrote that they “would love some design work done for our invites, placenames etc. We might also stretch to a website.” Stewart included his phone number, email address, and the URL of his own website—he was a designer too, the site showed.

This week, I decided to call Stewart and ask him about his inquiry.

The Supreme Court is expected to deliver its opinion in a case in which Stewart plays a minor role, a case that could be, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated by way of a question at oral argument in December, “the first time in the Court’s history … [that] a commercial business open to the public, serving the public, that it could refuse to serve a customer based on race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.” (Update: On Friday, the court ruled 6-3 in the web designer’s favor.) It took just a few minutes to reach him. I assumed at least some reporters over the years had contacted him about his website inquiry to 303 Creative—his contact information wasn’t redacted in the filing. But my call, he said, was “the very first time I’ve heard of it.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/173987/mysterious-case-fake-gay-marriage-website-real-straight-man-supreme-court


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The Mysterious Case of the Fake Gay Marriage Website, the Real Straight Man, and the Supreme Court (Original Post) BeckyDem Jun 2023 OP
The Extremely Corrupt Cult doesn't care about facts, law, precedent, or logic. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 2023 #1
Exactly. BeckyDem Jun 2023 #2
Very interesting Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 2023 #3

Hermit-The-Prog

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1. The Extremely Corrupt Cult doesn't care about facts, law, precedent, or logic.
Fri Jun 30, 2023, 06:45 PM
Jun 2023

It only wants to further its christofascist agenda.

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