KY Governor Supports Christian Business Owner in Gay Lawsuit

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 13, 2018   

Business sued for refusing to make pro-gay t-shirts

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The governor of Kentucky is defending a Christian business owner who refused to make t-shirts for a gay rights festival.

Governor Matt Bevin's attorneys requested to file an amicus brief in support of local company Hands-On Original.

The company got in trouble in 2012 after refusing an order for t-shirts requested by Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization. The gay activist group planned on featuring the t-shirts in Lexington's annual gay pride parade.

The Lexington Human Rights Commission ruled that Hands-On Original violated local laws barring so-called anti-gay discrimination.

Next, a court of appeals overturned that ruling on the grounds of the right to free speech.

Most recently, the Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

The company's owner, Blaine Adamson, reportedly told the Lexington Human Rights Commission, "Specifically, it's the Lexington Pride Festival, the name, and that it's advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can't promote that message."

It's advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can't promote that message.

The pro-gay Lexington-based non-profit involved in the case, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, has since changed its name to Pride Community Services Organization.

Bevin argues the company should not have to make pro-homosexuality t-shirts since the owner disagrees with homosexuality on religious grounds.

Kentucky's governor is known for being pro-life and pro-family. Bevin even supported Kim Davis, the now-famous Rowan County clerk who faced a massive lawsuit for refusing to issue marriage licenses to sodomite couples.

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized sodomite "marriage" in June 2015. Six months later in December 2015, Bevin ruled that marriage licenses would no longer feature the names of county clerks. This move solved the issue for Davis, who returned to her normal duties pertaining to marriage licenses.

The reasoning was that even if Davis signs off on marriage licenses for same-sex couples, her name will no longer appear on the licenses — thus removing any implication of personally approving of sodomy.

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