Supreme Court Ruling Questioned After Report of Fake Claim
Summary from AllSides News Team
A report from The New Republic (Left bias) cast doubt on the existence of the gay couple cited in court filings following last week's Supreme Court ruling on the case of 303 Creative v. Elenis.
Details: Lorie Smith, the Christian web designer who the Supreme Court ruled does not have to design websites for same-sex marriages, claimed a gay couple requested her services for a wedding website. One of the men listed as having reached out to Smith, identified only as ‘Stewart,’ told The New Republic that he never contacted Smith, and was married to a woman at the time the inquiry supposedly took place. The National Review (Right bias) spoke to Smith’s legal team about the report. Smith’s lawyers denied fabricating the inquiry and stated the inquiry is “irrelevant” to the outcome of the case, stating, “A request isn’t even needed for the court to address this issue.”
Impact? It is unknown what, if any, impact this new information will have on the ruling. NBC News (Lean Left bias) published a piece quoting legal experts largely in agreement that Smith had standing regardless of the validity of the request but that the report is serious. On the other hand, Newsweek (Center bias) quoted a lawyer stating, “you have to have an actual case or controversy in order to go to the United States Supreme Court and seek relief.”
How the Media Covered It: Left-rated outlets are covering the development most frequently and prominently.
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