The Right Of Businesses To Refuse Service Isn’t Dead — A Kentucky Court Just Sided With A Print Shop In A LGBTQ Issue

M.W. Gale

Yesterday, the Kentucky Supreme Court dismissed a case that has been working its way up the court system since 2012. A print shop called Hands-On Originals was sued by Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization after they refused to make T-shirts for that year’s city pride festival.

Two lower courts had previously dismissed the case, citing that there was no standing for the lawsuit. The Lexington gay rights law was written for individuals and so the bias against the Lexington Organization did not apply.

Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands-On Originals, said that making the shirt “goes against my conscience.” The owner cited religious objections as his reasoning for refusing to take the job.

Lexington’s Human Rights Commission had originally ordered Adamson to not only print the shirts, but they would have required him to attend “diversity training.” Whatever that means.

While the final court ruling may have occurred due to a caveat instead of principle, it still gives me hope that the war being waged against a business’s right to refuse service isn’t dead.

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