Kentucky Court of Appeals Holds Refusal of Business to Print Pride Event T-Shirts Did Not Violate Local Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Court of Appeals of the Commonwealth of Kentucky has ruled that the Fayette Circuit Court was correct in reversing a Human Rights Commission decision that had found Hands On Originals (HOO) had discriminated unlawfully against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) pursuant to a local anti-discrimination ordinance, in Lexington Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands on Originals, Inc., 2017 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 371, 2017 WL 2211381 (May 12, 2017).

GLSO, whose President at all relevant times was a straight opposite-sex married man, requested HOO to make Pride T-Shirts, which named the event and included a rainbow image. When the owner of HOO learned that the GLSO was in support of the LGBTQ community, he told the President of HOO that he could not provide the shirts “because of my Christian beliefs.”

For the full story, access the June 2017 issue of LGBT Law Notes.