BLOGFreedom Matters Podcast: A Win for Religious Liberty

By Bob Trent Posted on: | May 19, 2017

A Kentucky appeals court said that a Lexington printer did not discriminate against anyone when he declined to create a message in conflict with his religious beliefs.

In 2012, Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals declined to print shirts with a message promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, an event that the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization hosted. He declined to print the shirts because of the message that would have been on them, but nevertheless offered to refer the GLSO to another printer who would have made the shirts. Unsatisfied, the GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission—despite eventually receiving the shirts for free from another printer.

In 2014, the commission ruled that Adamson must print messages that conflict with his faith when customers ask him to do so. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys appealed that order to the Fayette Circuit Court, which reversed the commission’s ruling and affirmed Adamson’s freedom to live according to his faith. The commission then appealed that decision to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals. The appeals court upheld the lower court’s decision and Adamson’s freedom.

Jim Campbell, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom and attorney for Blaine Adamson, joins Freedom Matters this week to discuss the appeals court’s ruling. 


Listen Now


Never miss an episode of Freedom Matters
Subscribe Now

Bob Trent

Media Relations Director

Prior to joining ADF as Media Relations Director, Bob was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate radio station KTAR in Phoenix, AZ.

More from ADF View All

If Self-Expression Is So Celebrated, Why Is the Government Trying to Silence These Two Filmmakers?

Religious Freedom

If Self-Expression Is So Celebrated, Why Is the Government Trying to Silence These Two Filmmakers?

A state has no place dictating to artists the works they can create or the me...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/20/2017 18:00:00 Read More

The Unfairness of “Fairness for All” Legislation

Marriage and Family

The Unfairness of “Fairness for All” Legislation

There is growing pressure to pass laws that are fundamentally unjust and unco...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 06/08/2017 21:30:28 Read More

Hawaii Passes Law that Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advocate for Abortion

Sanctity of Life

Hawaii Passes Law that Forces Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advocate for Abortion

A new law in Hawaii forces pregnancy centers in the state to promote and adve...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/12/2017 23:13:10 Read More

The Weekly Digest: Affirming Dignity and the Dangers of Euthanasia

Culture

The Weekly Digest: Affirming Dignity and the Dangers of Euthanasia

Euthanasia laws in Europe are on a slippery slope.

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 07/19/2017 12:00:00 Read More