Gay pride T-shirt case goes before Kentucky Supreme Court

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Update 8/23
Friday morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the Hands on Originals case.

In 2012, the company refused to print shirts for Lexington's pride festival, claiming it violated the business's religious views.

Sister station WKYT reports, attorneys for owner Blaine Adamson argued that this was an objection to the message not of the person or protected class requesting it.

The human rights commission argued that a vendor has the freedom to choose what they sell but not to choose who they sell to.

The Supreme Court justices will issue a ruling at a later date.

Original Story
Kentucky Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case over a company's refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the arguments on Friday will help the court decide whether the company, Hands on Originals, violated a Lexington ordinance.

The city's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization tried to order the T-shirts for its 2012 Gay Pride Festival. An owner of Hands On Originals, Blaine Adamson, refused the order, citing his Christian beliefs.

The Lexington Human Rights Commission ruled that the company violated an ordinance that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation. The company appealed to the Fayette Circuit Court, which ruled in its favor. An appeals court affirmed the lower court's decision.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com



 
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