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Hands On Originals, managed and owned by Blaine Adamson. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom

Kentucky court upholds First Amendment rights

LEXINGTON, Ky. — In an apparent victory for religious liberty in the marketplace, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on May 12 in favor of a Lexington, Ky., T-shirt company’s refusal to print gay pride shirts in 2012.

Hands On Originals, managed and owned by Blaine Adamson, a professing Christian, originally came under fire in 2012 when the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization in Lexington sought to hire him to print their shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival.

Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, Adamson and Hands On Originals won their case brought by the city commission to a lower court previously.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling, stating that Adamson’s refusal to print the T-shirts was not refusing service to an individual based on their sexual orientation, but rather, “the conduct Hands On Originals chose not to promote was pure speech. Nothing in the fairness ordinance prohibits Hands On Originals, a private business, from engaging in viewpoint or message censorship,” Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer, wrote in the appeals court opinion.

“This is a clear victory for the First Amendment and for the right of people of faith not to be bullied into agreeing with views they find objectionable,” Martin Cothran, spokesman for The Family Foundation, stated.

— by Myriah Snyder | BP

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