Kentucky Governor supported the company that refused to print Pride-themed T-shirts

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Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, has backed a t-shirt company in its high court battle over the refusal to print the LGBT-themed T-shirts motivated by religious beliefs. Owner and managing director, Blaine Adamson, declined to accept the order, saying slogans of gay pride are against his Christian faith. “Specifically, it’s the Lexington Pride Festival, the name and that it’s advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can’t promote that message”, he told the city’s Human Rights Commission. The Commission had ruled that Adamson’s refusal to take the order breached a city ordinance which forbids business owners to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality. In a 2:1 finding, the court ruled that while the city’s ‘fairness’ ordinance does protect gays and lesbians from being discriminated against, it does not mean that they are obliged to spread a certain message. Now, the case is before the state’s highest court and being backed by the state’s Governor. Attorneys for Bevin have been asked to file a brief for the court case involving Hands On Originals. The state needs to protect the right of citizens to act according to their conscience, Bevin says.

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