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A Victory for Conscience in Kentucky
On Friday, a Kentucky appeals court issued a ruling that affirms a Lexington printer's freedom to decline orders that would require him to promote a message in conflict with his religious beliefs.
That printer is Blaine Adamson. Let's take a closer look.
First, if you're unfamiliar with Blaine Adamson, listen to his story here:
Second, here's how the case got to where it is:
"In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ruled that Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals must print messages that conflict with his faith when customers ask him to do so. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys appealed the 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 Court of Appeals in Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals."
And now, Friday's ruling. Here's what ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell, the attorney who argued the case before the appeals court in December, had to say:
"Americans should always have the freedom to believe, the freedom to express those beliefs, and the freedom to not express ideas that would violate their conscience. Today’s decision is a victory for printers and other creative professionals who serve all people but cannot promote all messages. It is also a victory for all Americans because it reassures us all that, no matter what you believe, the law can’t force you to express a message in conflict with your deepest convictions."
Jim Campbell also spoke with host of Freedom Matters Bob Trent on the ADF Facebook page, which you can watch here:
Over at the ADF blog, Marissa Mayer describes the victory this way:
"The court’s ruling is a huge win for freedom of conscience, and we will continue to defend Blaine should his case be appealed to the Kentucky Supreme Court. In the meantime, it is our hope that other courts will uphold the freedom of other creative professionals nationwide who are having to fight for this same freedom.
"Violating your conscience should never be the price of doing business."
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