PRESS RELEASE: Clear Victory for 1st Amendment

May 12, 2017
Contact: Martin Cothran
Phone: (859)329-1919
LEXINGTON, KY—The Family Foundation said that an Appellate Court ruling today in favor of a Christian – owned T-shirt company that refused to print a T-shirt for a gay pride event was a victory for free speech and religious freedom. 
“This is a clear victory for the First Amendment and for the right of people of faith not to be bullied into agreeing with views they find objectionable,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group.
The ruling found that the Lexington Human Rights Commission was wrong in applying the so-called “Fairness” Ordinance to Hands On Originals. A judge in the majority also found that the attempted action violated the state’s Religious Freedom Act.
“We hope that the Lexington Human Rights Commission has learned a lesson from this, said Cothran. “Namely, that their ordinance is a stick with which to beat religious people. These laws are increasingly being used to force religious people to violate their constitutional right of free religious exercise.”
“Advocating for the right of people to engage in the privacy of their own bedrooms without government interference is one thing.  But using the government to force everyone else to support that activity or the ideology behind it is not only an abuse of power,  but a violation of the constitutional rights of private businesses and individuals. We’re glad that the Court acted to prevent this abuse of power. “
The Family Foundation was the primary group that pushed for the Religious Freedom Act.
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