Justice Sonia Sotomayor has passionately dissented a ruling which sided with a Colorado web designer who refused to make websites for same-sex weddings.
Courtroom scene: In an unusual move this term, Sotomayor read her lengthy dissent aloud in the courtroom.
* She strongly disagreed with the majority opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Historical emphasis: According to Sotomayor, the court has, for the first time, supported a business’s constitutional right to deny service to a protected class of people.
* She drew parallels between this event and historical instances of opposition to advancements in civil and women’s rights.
In her words: Sotomayor spoke on the repercussions of the ruling, saying, “New forms of inclusion have been met with reactionary exclusion.”
* She referred to the denial of service for same-sex weddings as “heartbreaking” and reminiscent of past resistance to equality movements.
* “The brave Justices who once sat on this Court decisively rejected those claims,” she said.
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