Gay business owner defends rights of Christian T-shirt printer

From One News Now

By Charlie Butts

The owner of a Kentucky T-shirt printing business is still unsure of his legal rights while a "human rights" commission is appealing its loss in court.

Blaine Adamson was ordered by the Lexington human rights commission to accept a T-shirt order for a 2012 homosexual "pride" festival.

The committed Christian had refused the order and was told by the commission to undergo "sensitivity training" and abide by Lexington's non-discrimination ordinance.  

Blaine Adamson

Blaine Adamson

A circuit court sided with Adamson and now the commission is appealing that decision.

Becket Fund attorney Stephanie Barclay says Adamson's rights are the same that would protect an abortion supporter from printing T-shirts attacking Planned Parenthood.

Just as that person should have the right to refuse that order, she says, "this Christian printer should have the right to decline to print messages that violate his beliefs."

The Christian Post noted in a story about Adamson that a homosexual business owner based in New Jersey has publicly come to Adamson's defense. 

Diane DiGeloromo gave the example of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, whose members (pictured above) demonstrate with notoriously hateful signs such as "God hates fags." 

If that church demanded an order, said Diane DiGeloromo,"I highly doubt we would be doing business with them, and we would be very angry if we were forced to print anti-gay T-shirts."

BMP T-shirts caters to homosexuals, in fact, and the website for DiGeloromo's web-based business displays T-shirts promoting "gay pride," anti-bullying," and "sexual identitity" such as bisexual, transgender, and pansexual.

The BMP website also explains under "About Us" that DiGeloromo and her partner first defended Adamson in 2014, when they were interviewed by Glenn Beck on his website "The Blaze." 

But DiGeloromo's very example was cited by a homosexual activist last year, who said Lexington's ordinance would force a business owner - including one such as DiGeloromo - to fulfill Westboro's order.

Alliance Defending Freedom recorded that suggestion that was made at Adamson's 2014 hearing. 

OneNewsNow reported in April that Adamson and his attorneys were pleased when a judge wrote that the business owner had opposed the T-shirt order because he opposed the "message" of the Gay and Lesbian and Service Organization, not because the customers were homosexual.

Adamson, in fact, had fulfilled orders for homosexual couples in the past.

If the case goes to the Kentucky Supreme Court, a ruling might not come until 2017. 

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