A Christian printer in Kentucky cannot be forced to produce shirts for a gay pride festival, a Kentucky appeals court has ruled. This is after Blaine Adamson, a printer and owner of Hands On Originals, declined to print shirts promoting the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, an event hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO), because of his religious objections to promoting homosexuality.
Following Adamson’s refusal and his offer to help the group find another vendor, GLSO filed a complaint of discrimination with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission. On May 12, a Kentucky appeals court ruled in Adamson’s favor.
The ruling is “a victory for all Americans because it reassures us all that, no matter what you believe, the law can’t force you to express a message in conflict with your deepest convictions,” said Jim Campbell, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represents Adamson.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission said it plans to appeal the case to the state Supreme Court.
In speaking with ADF, Adamson said, “I’ll work with any person, no matter who they are, no matter what their belief systems are, but when they present a message that conflicts with my convictions, it’s not something that I can print. That’s the line for me.”