Hands On Originals – a Lexington, Kentucky-based, Christian-run company – has never refused to do business with a customer based on their personal beliefs, Blaine Adamson, the managing owner, told Christian Today.
But in 2012 Adamson and his staff felt compelled to abstain from printing a message on their T-shirts for a gay pride event because it went against his convictions.
The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization promoting the event quickly filed a discrimination lawsuit against Adamson and his business.
At the time of the refusal, Adamson realized that his actions would probably lead to a lawsuit. But he believed in his conscience that he was doing the right thing to honor God.
His case was taken up by Alliance Defending Freedom. The original ruling, handed down by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission in 2014, went against Adamson.
Attorneys for ADF appealed the case to the Fayette Circuit Court, who then overruled the original ruling.
“Americans should always have the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to not express ideas that would violate their conscience,” ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell said in a statement.
He added, “It is also a victory for all Americans because it reassures us that, no matter what you believe, the law can’t force you to express a message in conflict with your deepest convictions.”
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