• Freedom 1, Bullying 0: KY Supreme Court Tosses Suit Against Business Owner

    Surge Summary: The Kentucky Supreme Court just ruled in favor of the conscience rights of a Lexington business owner who declined to provide T-shirts supporting LGBTQ rights. A blow against judicial bullying and upholding religious liberty.

    A week ago, Kentucky’s Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit against a print shop owner. The accused’s alleged crime? He’d refused to provide an LGBT Pride T-shirt because he claimed doing so would violate his conscience.

    National Review’s Mairead McArdle recounts: The state’s high court ruled the plaintiff, Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, lacked standing because the city’s gay rights law is meant to protect individuals, not activist groups.

    “While this result is no doubt disappointing to many interested in this case and its potential outcome, the fact that the wrong party filed the complaint makes the discrimination analysis almost impossible to conduct, including issues related to freedom of expression and religion,” the court’s decision read.

    Candidly, sounds like more of a technical dodge than a solid principled decision; still …

    Hands-On Originals co-owner Blaine Adamson, who is Christian, refused to fill an order from the advocacy group to print a design on T-shirts that would have read, “Lexington Pride Festival” for Lexington’s 2012 Gay Pride Festival, saying the design “goes against my conscience.”

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    The municipality’s Human Rights Commission originally ordered Adamson to not only put aside his moral objections and cater to the T-shirt order – but to change his opinions as well, participating in diversity training.

    Staggering. For all the ways the term “fascist” is bandied about nowadays, to actually run into it? In a petty chamber convened in a southeastern state? It’s harrowing.

    Thankfully, Adamson didn’t cower before this abomination. He appealed it and the circuit court and state court of appeals ruled in favor of his business.

    Justice David Buckingham penned a concurring opinion for the court that took the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization to task for going “beyond its charge of preventing discrimination in public accommodation and instead attempt(ing) to compel Hands On to engage in expression with which it disagreed.”

    Praising Thursday’s decision, Adamson’s lawyer, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jim Campbell, stated the obvious: “Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened.”

    H/T: National Review/Mairead McArdle

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