Biden: SCOTUS ruling on discrimination against same-sex couples ‘weakens long-standing laws’


President Joe Biden on Friday slammed the Supreme Court ruling in favor of discrimination against same-sex couples.

“In America, no one should be discriminated against just because they are or who they love,” Biden said in one opinion.

The conservative-majority court voted 6-3 to extend the rights of people who seek discrimination against same-sex couples. The case of 303 Creative v. Elenis concerned a web designer who asked the court to give her the First Amendment right to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples because of their Christian religious beliefs.

Her argument was purely hypothetical — she had never turned down a gay or lesbian couple before. That didn’t stop the court from voting for her, however.

In his statement, Biden said the ruling “could lead to more discrimination against LGBTQI+ Americans,” referring to members of the LGBTQ+ community and intersex people.

“More broadly, today’s decision weakens longstanding laws that protect all Americans from discrimination in public accommodations — including people of color, people with disabilities, people of faith and women,” he added.

Biden said his administration will continue to work with federal agencies to enforce federal laws that protect Americans from discrimination.

“We will also work with states across the country to resist attempts to roll back civil rights protections that may follow this ruling,” he said. “And we will accelerate our march toward full equality for all Americans.”

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