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June 30, 2023

Boulder County Commissioners Express Disappointment Over U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ+ Rights

Boulder County Previously Filed an Amicus Brief in Support of Colorado’s Public Accommodations Law

Boulder County, Colo. -- In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and others by determining that the First Amendment allows a Colorado graphic designer to refuse to make wedding websites for same-sex couples. Boulder County supported the Attorney General and Colorado’s public accommodations law by filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis last August.

“The Boulder County Commissioners are disappointed, saddened, and frustrated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rule in favor of discrimination that imposes significant harm to everyone in our community”, said Commissioner Claire Levy. “Colorado’s public accommodations law protects the health and welfare of our community, which is why we filed an amicus brief with the court last year that emphasized our concern at the case’s far-reaching consequences for the protection of human rights.”

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to severely restrict the human rights of many members of the Boulder County community stands in stark contrast to the joyful celebrations of LGBTQ+ Pride Month,” said Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann. “Sadly, this is just one more example of anti-LGBTQ+ action that we are seeing across the United States. Today the Boulder County Commissioners stand in solidarity with our community and reaffirm our commitment to the protection of those rights.”

“When we noted our support in this year’s 2023 LGBTQ+ Pride Month Proclamation for the ongoing fight for equality, we made a commitment to continue to financially support programs, resources and policies that will reinforce LGBTQ+ protections and rights,” said Commissioner Marta Loachamin. “This court decision is by no means the end of the story. LGBTQ+ rights are human rights and we will continue to work alongside Out Boulder County and the LGBTQ+ community as allies in the fight for equality. Businesses that welcome all people enhance and enrich the lives of all Boulder County residents.”

Collage of all three Boulder County Commissioners