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Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses gay pride T-shirt case

Kentucky Supreme Court dismisses gay pride T-shirt case

Kentucky Supreme Court dismissed a discriminatory claim against Lexington promotional print shop owner Blaine Adamson who refused to make gay pride T-shirts citing religious belief. The court ruled that the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization lacked the standing to make a claim as they were not the party denied service. Rather, the individual who placed the order should have filed the complaint.

Tom A
Tom A
porcus 9 months

Massive 1st Amendment win, specifically for freedom of association as well as speech.

Lucy 9 months

Why not just let the market economy dictate whether this business should be punished? It's literally the most democratic way to deal with it. You vote with your money. If most Americans in that area find this despicable, then people still simply stop shopping there until they change their ways or go out of business.

EnervatedSociety 9 months

Imagine being this butthurt. Find someone else to make you a shirt ffs.

Tin Ego
Tin Ego 9 months

Why would I go to a Jewish butchers for a pork roast?

porcus 9 months

EDIT: Corrected quoted text. stupid fat fingers.... Huzzah! Common sense win! FTA: Kathy Trautvertter and Diane DiGeloromo of BMP T-shirts once told talk show host Glenn Beck they had to get involved because "when I put myself in his shoes I could see it from his side." The LGBT printers realized they could not go against their own social mores and if asked, they "could not create or print anti-gay t-shirts for a group."

Lord Beermonster
Lord Beermonster 9 months

I might sympathise with those who apparently feel it important to inform us all of their particular sexual preferences, if the printer held an effective monopoly. However, they can go to another printer, and everyone's happy. There are homosexuals who are as disgusted at the compulsory 'pride' degenerate freak show as are most of the rest of us.

Dave 9 months

I have mixed feelings when it comes to this stuff. First I totally agree that no one should be forced to speak or forced to support a cause they don't believe in. I wouldn't want to make a shirt that said "Legalise Paedophilia!" or something. On the other hand, I don't think you should be able to deny someone service based on their sexual orientation. So my thoughts are. If they wanted to buy a premade shirt/cake/ whatever. Then they can't be refused. But when it comes to custom orders, with custom writing or slogans. The creator should have every right to refuse regardless of their reason. Because they should have the right to not express or say something they don't agree with. There needs to be a change in the law to deal with this and make the distinction between the two. Between selling something and making something.

michael zubas
michael zubas 9 months

more proof that its ONLY OK to be straight in America. God willing? this will be changed.

Paul Saxon
Paul Saxon 9 months

You would think they would want to give their business to a gay tee shirt maker.

Spartan Life
Spartan Life 9 months

It’s 2019 you can buy literally anything you need off the internet and no major internet company has a policy like this. Why do people insist on forcing small business owners to do things they don’t want to do when you could simply use the internet get the same goods and save legal fees as well as the emotional labor of losing the case. Also if I thought someone was an ignorant jackass who can’t be trusted to make their own business choices. The last thing I would want was them preparing my food making my cloths or helping me with any other task.

Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 9 months

Hate making this disclaimer...As a gay man, I don't see a problem. If a person from the Church of Satan (which doesn't actually worship Satan) came in and asked for a t-shirt with Baphomet, and he was turned down, would that be discrimination? If a person came in with a shirt that said "Kill 'em All" (name of Metallica song) and they refused, would that be discrimination? I believe in personal liberties for businesses.

John W
John W 9 months

you can't force people to like you, do you think endless lawsuits help acceptance? People on the fence will in thier hearts and minds will really start to turn against you. is this a good look?

Petri Fide
Petri Fide 9 months

This should set some sort of precedence to prevent overreaching Attorney Generals from filing lawsuits against citizens when the actual person that was affected doesn't want to file a lawsuit. Looking at you WA AG Robert Ferguson (aka Sideshow Bob).

Rational ific
Rational ific 9 months

I am for gay rights, but also for companies to put out products that they want to, if they are designing it themselves. Would it be wrong if the same company refused to print a shirt with the N-word on it, simply because a customer requested it? I think not. As for barring gay people from entering your store or buying pre-made things from your store, that is wrong. But refusing to print a specific shirt? That's fine.

IvoryDove 9 months

"Being gay" is a false narrative. Homosexuality is a behavioral choice. Nobody should be forced to endorse behavioral choices. He should be free to reject any such customers.

Michael Mantion
Michael Mantion 9 months

there is no victory here. the case was dismissed on a technicality.

Monster Mash
Monster Mash 9 months

for all the people who are against business owners having the right to decide what they do and don't make. why don't you push the LGBT friendly businesses to have some kind of sign that they serve everybody? I mean use the free market to your advantage if there are so many "bigots" that they can't simply go down the street. The pink dollar has been used before for good publicity, why not now. that way you can leave other people alone. Edit: I am talking about custom orders, not off the rack/stock standard stuff. I am not trying to bring back segregation.

IIZard 9 months

It's on a technically, not a win for 1a.

Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien 9 months

Religious right demonstrates christ's teachings by being petty and moronic.

Seth Racc
Seth Racc 9 months

I don’t agree but I support his free will. We all have a right to our opinions no matter how good or bad they are, as long as they are not violent.

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