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‘Christian outfitter’ appeals ruling it discriminated by refusing gay pride shirts

The shirts were to display the pride logo (seen above) on the front, and the names of event sponsors on the reverse. LGBTQ Nation

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A business in Lexington, Ky., has appealed a ruling by the city’s Human Rights Commission that it discriminated against an organization by refusing to print t-shirts for a gay rights festival.

Lexington-pride-shirtsThe owners of “Hands On Originals” argue that the ruling violates their freedom of religion and expression. Attorney Jim Campbell, who represents the owners, says they should not be forced to communicate a message they find morally objectionable.

The business’ website bills itself as a “Christian outfitter.”

The Human Rights Commission decided in October that the business discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington in 2012 by refusing to print the shirts.

The decision was based on Lexington’s adoption of an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The appeal asks the court to overturn the commission’s ruling. It does not seek monetary damages.

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