Michael Imperioli has turned the tables on “bigots and homophobes” in support of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow a Christian website designer to discriminate against same-sex couples.
The “Sopranos” star reacted to news of the decision in an angry Instagram post on Saturday, where she posted a screenshot of an article titled “Supreme Court Defends Web Designer Who Won’t Make Gay Wedding Websites.”
On Friday, the court’s conservative 6-3 majority ruled that a Colorado graphic designer can legally refuse services to same-sex couples based on their First Amendment rights.
Imperioli tried to twist the Supreme Court’s logic in the case, telling fans: “I have decided to ban bigots and homophobes from watching ‘The Sopranos’, ‘White Lotus’, ‘Goodfellas’ or any film or television show that I have inside.”
“Thank you to the Supreme Court for allowing me to discriminate and exclude those I disagree with and oppose,” he continued wryly. “USA! USA!”
Imperioli expanded on his thoughts in the comments section, telling critics, “Hate and ignorance is not a legitimate point of view” and “America is getting dumber by the minute.”
The Supreme Court decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis expanded the rights of people who want to refuse services to same-sex couples based on religious or ideological reasons.
It defined a Colorado anti-discrimination law that prohibits the denial of goods, services or facilities “because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin or ancestry,” would to infringe on her religious freedoms and right to free speech if she is forced to create a website expressing views she opposes.
However, the dispute cited in the case is entirely hypothetical. Petitioner Lori Smith was never hired to make a website for a same-sex couple, nor did she professionally create a website.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the majority opinion with liberal Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, writing, “Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected the class.
“By issuing this new license to discriminate in a case brought by a company seeking to deny same-sex couples full and equal use of its services, the immediate, symbolic effect of the decision is to brand gays and lesbians as second-class status,” it continued the disagreement.
“Thus, the decision itself inflicts a type of stigmatizing harm, in addition to any harm caused by a denial of service.” The court’s opinion is literally a memo that says, “Some services may be denied to same-sex couples.”
In the majority, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that states still have the ability to protect protected classes from discrimination, but not in matters that “involve the First Amendment.”
“States are generally free to apply their public accommodation laws, including their provisions protecting gays, to a wide range of businesses,” he wrote, later adding, “When state public accommodation law and the Constitution collide, it cannot to have a doubt which must prevail.’
This week, the Supreme Court ended its session with a series of victories for the conservatives.
Hours after its decision in 303 Creative v. Elenis, court strikes down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the college’s use of race-based admissions, also known as affirmative action, is unconstitutional.