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Free Speech or Forced Speech? Christian T-Shirt Printer's LGBT Case Heads to KY Supreme Court


Added 08-23-19 07:38:02am EST - “Another big case of a Christian's free speech rights versus LGBT rights is back in the courts.” - Www1.cbn.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Www1.cbn.com: “Free Speech or Forced Speech? Christian T-Shirt Printer's LGBT Case Heads to KY Supreme Court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Two years ago, a Kentucky appeals court ruled in favor of Hands On Originals, a printing company which refused to print gay pride t-shirts because it goes against the owner's religious beliefs. However, because the county human rights commission appealed the case, owner Blaine Adamson has to go back to court again. This time, his continuing battle over his First Amendment rights will be heard in the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday. 

Back in 2012, Adamson refused to print a t-shirt design for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO), which promoted the group's pride festival. 

As CBN News reported, Adamson explained that he could not print a shirt bearing a message that conflicts with his faith. He then offered to connect the GLSO to another printer who would create the shirts for the same price that he would have charged. 

The GLSO rejected Adamson's offer and filed a discrimination complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. The commission declared Adamson was guilty of illegal discrimination and ordered him to print shirts with messages that conflicted with his religious beliefs.

In May of 2017, the Kentucky Court of Appeals rescinded the commission's findings, ruling that Adamson is free to decline orders that would require him to print messages that conflict with his religious beliefs.

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