Court Rules Kentucky Print Shop Has Right to Avoid Making Gay Pride T-shirts

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May 13, 2017

TshirtsA Kentucky appellate court on Friday ruled that the Christian owner of a printing shop in Lexington had the right to refuse to make T-shirts promoting a local gay pride festival.

The dispute represents the latest court fight testing the limits of antidiscrimination protections for gays and lesbians following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

The cases have led to a number of state court rulings against Christian-owned businesses that refused to bake cakes, design floral arrangements or take portrait photographs for same-sex weddings.

The ruling by the Kentucky Court of Appeals favored the business owner. A crucial difference in this case was the expressive nature of the service denied: literally words on a shirt.

  • roboteq

    Isn’t putting two men or two women on a wedding cake also a literal expression? I can’t imagine why the homosexual community would ever want to deal with a venue that does not support their lifestyle, so why is the homosexual community causing so much hateful grief over not being able to get their cakes, flowers and tee shirts from venues that are not best suited for their needs? Can the KKK demand a Black owned baker, florist or tee shirt company to create goods for them? Does a Muslim owned company have to provide created goods for Bar Mitzvahs? The reality is; why would anyone seek out venues that do not support their lifestyle? There can be only one reason; to take away God given and United States of America protected freedoms.

    • Bob

      The KKK does not have the powerful lobby in Congress to support such a complaint. Those same Politicians would agree with the Muslim’s rights to be bigots, but surely not the other way around. It is all about being “PC”, what ever the heck that means these days. (mostly it seems to mean being anti-Conservative, anti-Trump and pro-Liberal) Why would a person/organization seek out venues/business that do not support their lifestyle? Simple: Money and publicity (sympathy) for their causes. They sue and get what they wanted for free. They use the media to garner support for their cause, and to damage the reputation/good name of those who are just trying to stand by their beliefs.

      • Rodney Steward

        All this was set into motion under the Obama clan, and the final goal is to do away with everything moral, God and Country! The Fundamental Change!

        • mrpoohead

          C’mon Rodders – proud to be a fairy!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • maxx

    Will be headed to the SCOTUS. But lets see if the SCOTUS will even bother. We know there are at least 4 openly supportive jack asses on the SCOTU now so it will be interested to see what Roberts does.

    • Rodney Steward

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  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    Good, and about time.

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