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Businesses Can Decline Services Based On Its Beliefs. What Will This Look Like In Practice?

“303 Creative addressed whether a Colorado anti-discrimination law can require a designer who believes marriage is only between a man and a woman to create a wedding website for a same-sex couple,” Charles J. Russo writes. “Two years ago, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that the answer was ‘yes.’ But on June 30, 2023, a bitterly divided Supreme Court reversed that judgment.”

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Free Speech Wasn’t So Free 105 Years Ago: ‘Seditious’ and ‘Unpatriotic’ Speech Was Criminalized

As a scholar and lawyer focused on freedom of speech in the U.S., I have studied the federal government’s attempts to restrict speech, including during World War I, and the legal cases that challenged them,” Eric P. Robinson writes. These cases helped form the modern idea of the First Amendment right of free speech. But the conflict between patriotism and free expression continues to be an issue a century later.”

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‘I Was Shocked’: Ridgeland Aldermen Proposing New Library Contract After Raucous Meeting

A Ridgeland Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled to address the city’s library contract quickly morphed into a raucous referendum on LGBTQ+ books and the actions of Mayor Gene McGee on Tuesday night. Twenty speakers took to a podium in front of a packed hall to speak their part before the board departed for an executive session, deliberating for over two hours out of the public eye.

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