A court in Kentucky has ruled that under the Constitution’s provisions protecting speech and religion, a Christian T-shirt printer has the right to refuse a job homosexuals demanded he do that would affirm the “gay” lifestyle. The ruling Monday from the Fayette County Circuit Court conflicts with a number of other state rulings and decisions around the nation, including in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, that have essentially told Christian business operators they must give up their faith in order to operate their business.

The Kentucky decision said Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals, was fully within its rights to refuse to produce T-shirts for a “gay” pride festival in Lexington. “The government can’t force citizens to surrender free-speech rights or religious freedom in order to run a small business, and this decision affirms that,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jim Campbell, who argued the case before the court. “The court rightly recognized that the law protects Blaine’s decision not to print shirts with messages that conflict with his beliefs and that no sufficient reason exists for the government to coerce Blaine to act against his conscience in this way.” MORE