Reply To: Christian painter refuses to paint man’s home after finding out he’s gay

  • outdoorsguy

    July 29, 2023 at 8:18 am

    The 2010 Equality Act in England states that a person must not be discriminated against because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

    Under the law, it’s discriminatory and illegal to refuse someone goods, facilities or services because of their gender identity or sexuality orientation.

    On (25 July), the decorator arrived at the home Josh shares with his partner to provide a quote for what Josh described as a “boring paint job”.

    The question if protections still exist for all in the US are now up for debate

    Painting a house an artistic expression? Watch for the next law suit in the US

    The ruling – rooted in free speech grounds – will pierce state public accommodation laws for those businesses who sell so-called “expressive” goods. It is the latest victory for religious conservatives at the high court and will alarm critics who fear the current court is setting its sights on overturning the 2015 marriage case.

    Gorsuch wrote that “the First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands.” He said Colorado sought to “deny that promise.”

    “All manner of speech – from ‘pictures, films, paintings, drawings, and
    engravings,’ to ‘oral utterance and the printed word’ – qualify for the
    First Amendment’s protections; no less can hold true when it comes to
    speech like Ms. Smith’s conveyed over the Internet,” Gorsuch said.