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Social Media Star Who Was Censored for Sharing Biblical Beliefs on Marriage Wins Massive Ruling

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A lawsuit towards social media star Erika “Kika” Nieto was overturned final week after the Colombian Supreme Courtroom dominated that she shouldn’t be censored for sharing her beliefs about marriage.

Earlier this yr, Nieto was ordered to take away an internet video the place she acknowledged that marriage is the union between a person and a lady, nevertheless, she is going to “tolerate” different views.

“God created man and lady in order that they might be with one another,” she stated on the time. “I do not contemplate males being with males or girls being with girls to be good, however I tolerate that.”

An activist complained about her feedback, main the nationwide court docket to order the video be faraway from the platform.

“Nobody ought to be censored or worry prison sanctions for expressing their beliefs. Along with Kika, we’re overjoyed that the Courtroom has overturned this censorship ruling,” stated Santiago Guevara, counsel for Nueva Democracia, an NGO that represented Nieto with the assist of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Worldwide. “Kika stood robust all through this ordeal to make the case for each one’s freedom to share their beliefs.”

Guevara added, “Though Kika is once more free to share her convictions, it is disappointing that the Courtroom determined this case on procedural grounds and failed to deal with the important thing subject and affirm freedom of speech for each Colombian. Everybody ought to be free to share their beliefs in public, and the courts ought to defend this elementary freedom.”

Within the earlier case, an activist had complained that Nieto’s video was offensive and discriminatory, prompting the decrease court docket to deem her remarks as “hate speech.”

Nonetheless, the Colombian Constitutional Courtroom dominated Nieto’s speech on marriage was constitutionally protected.

Tomás Henríquez, director of advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean for ADF Worldwide, defined why it is vital to defend your religion regardless of the opportunity of persecution.

“If we worth a free society, defending the proper to talk freely is paramount. We should at all times select debate over censorship. Finally, individuals and democracy endure when voices are silenced.”

Finally, Nieto is hopeful that her case will encourage others to face robust of their beliefs.

“No person ought to need to be afraid of censorship or prison sanctions for voicing their deeply held beliefs,” Nieto famous. “By talking out, I hope to encourage debate and encourage extra tolerance of various views.”

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