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Arizona LGBTQ advocate says Supreme Court decision is a setback

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Colorado could not compel a graphic designer to make websites for same-sex weddings as doing so would violate that person’s values.

Members of the LGBTQ community, including in Arizona, said the decision is a setback for their rights.

“This is a blow to the country. It’s a blow to how we’re perceived around the world. It’s a blow to how we perceive ourselves. And frankly, honestly, it’s a dark day for American democracy," said Jeremy Helfgot, a spokesman for Phoenix Pride.

Helfgot says the ruling also heightened concern over the future of same-sex marriage and the possibility of the court overturning precedent.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.