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Kentucky Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian print shop owner who declined “gay pride” order

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of a Christian print shop owner who refused to print gay pride shirts. Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, cited religious convictions as his reason to refuse the print order, which would be used at the upcoming Lexington Pride Festival.

Adamson, who also prints shirts for The Gospel Coalition, referred the requesting organization to a print shop that would take the order at the same price he would have charged. Nevertheless, Gay and Lesbian Services Organization filed suit for discrimination.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has defended Adamson since the lawsuit was first filed in 2012. ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell, who’s defended Adamson earlier this year, praised the decision of Kentucky’s high court.

“Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened. For more than seven years, government officials used this case to turn Blaine’s life upside down, even though we told them from the beginning that the lawsuit didn’t comply with the city’s own legal requirements,” Campbell said. “The First Amendment protects Blaine’s right to continue serving all people while declining to print messages that violate his faith. Justice David Buckingham recognized this in his concurring opinion, and no member of the court disagreed with that.”

🔦 The Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision comes in the wake of a similar decision made by the Arizona Supreme Court in September. Arizona’s high court ruled that a Phoenix accommodation law violated the free speech protections of business owners who would refuse orders that violated their religious beliefs.