AP - Kentucky Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case over a company's refusal to print T-shirts for a gay-pride festival due to religious beliefs. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the arguments on Friday will help the court decide whether or not the company, Hands on Originals, violated a Lexington ordinance. The Lexington Human Rights Commission ruled that the company violated an ordinance that outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with a print shop owner who refused to make a gay pride T-shirt because he says it was against his religious beliefs. The state's high court dismissed the claim after two lower courts also ruled in favor of Lexington print shop Hands-On Originals. The design said "Lexington Pride Festival" on the front.
Two lower state courts, the circuit court and state court of appeals, also ruled in favor of the print shop. Most Popular. By Madeleine Kearns.
Credit ky. I mean that kind of overt discrimination between faiths? Twelve cities in Kentucky have fairness ordinances, which forbid discrimination by businesses based on sexual orientation.
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Pride parades also known as pride marchespride eventsand pride festivals are outdoor events celebrating lesbiangaybisexualtransgenderand queer LGBTQ social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rightsand pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. At the beginning of the gay rights protest movement, news on Cuban prison work camps for homosexuals inspired the Mattachine Society to organize protests at the United Nations and the White Housein
The case is the most recent in a string of legal disputes testing the extent to which LGBT individuals are protected from discrimination in the wake of the Supreme Court 's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage the same year the case originated. Other courts have largely ruled in favor of same-sex couples who have sued business owners, including florists, cake-makers and photographers who refused to provide service for their weddings, citing their religious beliefs. The Kentucky case is unique in that the service being disputed on First Amendment grounds is literally the printing of words on T-shirts.
The state's high court dismissed the claim after two lower courts also ruled in favor of Lexington print shop Hands-On Originals. The design said "Lexington Pride Festival" on the front. The high court ruled Thursday that the gay advocacy group lacked standing to make a claim against shop owner Blaine Adamson because the city's gay rights law was written to protect individuals. Adamson said after a hearing before the Supreme Court in August that the T-shirt he was asked to print "goes against my conscience.
The Louisville Pride Festival takes place in the beautiful and popular Highlands neighborhood each September. The Festival features family-friendly entertainment, including local, regional, and national performers. Over vendor booths display Louisville arts, crafts, businesses, non-profits, and service providers.