But it looks like a Kentucky appeals court did not see it that way. The three-judge panel ruled, on a vote, that Adamson's actions did not violate the law. Chief Judge Joy Kramer wrote in her opinion that the city's discrimination law based on sexual orientation does not prohibit the owners of Hands On Originals from "engaging in viewpoint or message censorship.
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Ryan Colby media becketlaw. Adamson regularly employs and serves LGBT individuals, and he has never turned away any customer because of their race, sex, or sexual orientation. But in accordance with standard industry practice, Mr.
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Yet their narrative has always been that accepting money to do the job they advertise is persecution against them. Five years ago, that kind of narrative got even more absurd when a Kentucky company called Hands On Originals refused to print T-shirts for an upcoming gay pride parade. Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson said at the time :.
LGBT-owned businesses, including BMP T-Shirts, on Thursday expressed support for a Kentucky-based Christian print shop owner who refused to print pro-LGBT T-shirts, even as the local Human Rights Commission has appealed a court ruling that said the printer cannot be forced to violate his religious beliefs or to attend government-mandated "diversity training. This is a human issue. Her business partner, Kathy Trautvertter, added, "You put your blood and your sweat and your tears into [your business]" and "it's very personal.
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The case is the most recent in a string of legal disputes testing the extent to which LGBT individuals are protected from discrimination in the wake of the Supreme Court 's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage the same year the case originated. Other courts have largely ruled in favor of same-sex couples who have sued business owners, including florists, cake-makers and photographers who refused to provide service for their weddings, citing their religious beliefs. The Kentucky case is unique in that the service being disputed on First Amendment grounds is literally the printing of words on T-shirts. The shirts were to contain a stylized numeral 5, signifying the fifth anniversary of the festival's founding, along with the words "Lexington Pride Festival" and a list of sponsors on the back.
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