Following the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Jeff Amyx got defiant. “They gladly stand for what they believe in; why can’t I?” the eastern Tennessee hardware store owner asked WBIR-TV. ”They believe their way is right; I believe it’s wrong. But yet I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in.”  By “they,”

Amyx was referring to the gay community. And as for the persecution he predicted he’d receive, it all revolved around a sign posted on the front of Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Washburn: “No Gays Allowed.”“The reason I put up the sign is to let the homosexual people know that there are Christian people that are willing to take a stand,” the Baptist minister told WATE-TV. FULL REPORT