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Supreme Court Signals Support for Website Designer Opposed to Same-Sex Marriage

  • Supreme Court hears case pitting gay rights and free speech
  • Court conservatives suggest narrow exemption from bias laws
A demonstrator outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Dec. 5.

A demonstrator outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Dec. 5.

Photographer: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

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The US Supreme Court hinted at support for a Colorado website designer who says she has a constitutional right to create websites only for opposite-sex weddings in a high-stakes clash that pits equality against free speech.

Hearing arguments for more than two hours in Washington Monday, the court’s conservatives suggested they would carve out what some of them characterized as a narrow exemption from anti-discrimination laws for businesses that engage in expressive activities.