(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A Republican US senator’s wife, a lawyer, has bizarrely ended up in hot water after her law firm brought to the Supreme Court a case whose ruling overturned LGBT anti-discrimination legislation.
The attorney in question is Erin Morrow Hawley, wife of GOP US Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. She is a senior counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal advocacy group, The Independent Star reports.
Erin Morrow Hawley’s name has popped up in leftist demands to punish her over allegations that a man referenced in a recent anti-LGBT agenda ruling of the US Supreme Court was never involved in the case.
The controversy involves the June 30 decision by the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Lorie Smith, a Colorado web designer, who refused to design websites for gay weddings.
The 6-3 ruling said Smith was entitled to refuse such services despite a state law banning discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
The legal case was launched in 2016 by Smith and her attorneys from the ADF in a Colorado district court. It argued the anti-discrimination legislation had prevented Smith from stating on her firm’s website that she didn’t work for gay couples.
In September 2016, the Colorado court asked Smith if she had a valid reason. She disclosed she had been asked to make a same-sex wedding website by a couple named Mike and Stewart.
In 2017 court documents, Smith mentioned Stewart, his phone number and email address.
However, after the Supreme Court ruling, Stewart, who kept his last name from the public, claimed he never requested a gay wedding website from Smith and didn’t know about the case until contacted by a reporter.
He alleged he was “incredibly surprised,” had been “happily married to a woman for the last 15 years,” and was a web designer himself.
Smith’s lawyer, Kristen Waggoner, the ADF’s CEO and president, rejected claims Stewart’s request had been fabricated. She argued it was “legally irrelevant whether Lorie received a request for a same-sex wedding website.”
Leftist activists like lawyer Kaivan Shroff seem to have focused on Erin Hawley, demanding punishment.
Shroff tweeted that it was unsurprising that “insurrection supporter Josh Hawley’s wife, Erin Hawley,” litigated the case.
“Extreme Court used the totally made up case to illegitimately strip away LGBT+ rights,” he added.