In an overt act of religious discrimination, a Kentucky T-shirt manufacturer has been found guilty of “sexual orientation” discrimination for refusing to print T-shirts for a community homosexual festival.
Organizers of the Lexington, Kentucky “gay pride” event had filed the complaint against Hands On Originals, a Christian outfitter. The company declined to print T-shirts promoting the 5th annual “Lexington Pride Festival,” citing a conflict with their religious beliefs.
The Lexington-Fayette Human Rights Commission has found that Hands On Originals violated the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. Attorneys for the company plan to appeal the decision to an independent hearing examiner, and if necessary to a court of law.
“Hands On Originals declined this order because it did not want to communicate the message of the requested shirt–that people should be ‘proud’ about engaging in homosexual behavior–nor did they want to promote the ideology of the Pride Festival,” says Jim Campbell, staff counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
“The Constitution prohibits the government from forcing business owners to promote messages they disagree with,” Campbell adds. “This kind of bullying may be practiced in a dictatorship, but violations of conscience have no place in the United States.”
Blaine Adamson, the owners of Hands on Originals, says the company treats its customers fairly. “We don’t have a sign on the door that says ‘No Gays Allowed.’ We’ll work with anybody. But if there’s a specific message that conflicts with my convictions, then I can’t promote that.”
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