Lawyer compares Pride to violence to excuse the refusal to make a T-shirt print

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Attorneys for a t-shirt printing company which refused to print Pride t-shirts back in 2012, disagree that it was a discrimination. A lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Jim Campbell, compared printing Pride t-shirts to printing messages about illegal drug use, porn or violence. He told the Kentucky Court of Appeals: “The record shows that they have declined over the years to promote messages that promote illegal drug use or strip clubs or pornographic movies or violent messages. Hands on Originals declined to print the shirts in question because of the messages on them, not the sexual orientation of the individuals who asked for them.”

But a lawyer for the Human Rights Commission in Lexington argued that it is not possible to separate the message on the t-shirt from the discrimination. Ed Dove said: “At what point does this message stop?… You can’t separate the message from the discrimination. That’s a red herring.” The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky back in 2012 sided with organisers of a Pride event, who were refused service by the Christian t-shirt printing company, because of its religious beliefs.

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