A Christian company is facing a major setback after a Kentucky Human Rights Commission is demanding that they print LGBT propaganda shirts and go through extensive “diversity training.”
A complaint was filed after the company, Hands On Originals, declined a request to print pro-homosexual shirts for a “gay pride” celebration two years ago, but that’s not stopping opponents from getting back at them, Christian News reported.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission contends that the Christian company violated the Lexington Fairness Ordinance on the grounds of religious preference.
In 2012, the Lexington Gay Pride Festival asked the company to print them shirts, but they politely declined because it violated their Biblical beliefs.
“The evidence of record shows that the respondent discriminated against GLSO because of its members’ actual or imputed sexual orientation by refusing to print and sell to them the official shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival,” Human Rights Commissioner Greg Munson wrote.
Munson also said that he believes it’s a two-way street. Gay companies should also have to print Christian messages as well.
But the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is helping the Christian company. They believe Hands on Originals had every right to refuse to print something against their religious beliefs.
“No one should be forced by the government—or by another citizen—to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell said. “Blaine declined the request to print the shirts not because of any characteristic of the people who asked for them, but because of the message that the shirts would communicate.”
At the beginning of the process, owner of the company Blaine Adamson made his stance clear.
“I want the truth to come out—it’s not that we have a sign on the front door that says, ‘No Gays Allowed,’” Adamson said. “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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