WASHBURN, Tenn. — A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a “no gays allowed” sign at his business.
WBIR-TV reports that Jeff Amyx, who owns Amyx Metals & Roofing Supplies in Washburn, Tenn., put up the sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion.
Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said he realized Monday morning that homosexual people are not afraid to stand for what they believe in. He said it showed him that Christian people should be brave enough to stand for what they believe in.
“They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? 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,” Amyx said.
Amyx said he has no plans to take the sign down.
Tennessee law does not prohibit discrimination of the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.