For the past several years, you’ve read about stories in the news where private businesses were being subject to hateful protests and lawsuits because they dared to practice their First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
From bakeries to florists to even photographers, the extreme left-wingers in the LGBTQ crowd have intentionally sought to sue private businesses for not wanting to provide products or services that are against their religious beliefs. Most courts have gone along with these outrageous suits, until now.
Lawsuit. A lawsuit was brought against a private business in Lexington, Kentucky because they refused to make “Gay Pride” t-shirts for an organization in the same city. The owner cited his personal beliefs as his reasoning. From BizPac Review:
In a 2-1 decision, the Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling striking down the Lexington Human Rights Commission decision that the business violated the city’s fairness ordinance, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“Because of my Christian beliefs, I can’t promote that,” Adamson told a Human Rights Commission hearing officer. “Specifically, it’s the Lexington Pride Festival, the name and that it’s advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual, and I can’t promote that message. It’s something that goes against my belief system.”
Writing the majority opinion, Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer distinguished discriminating against gays and lesbians on account of their sexual orientation from disseminating a gay pride group’s message.
“The right of free speech does not guarantee to any person the right to use someone else’s property,” Kramer wrote.
What this means. Finally, a court actually held up the Constitution. Kramer’s last statement says it all. These are private businesses providing a product or service to someone else. It should be up to the private business if they don’t choose to do business with anyone for any reason. It will then be up to consumers if they agree with that decision, and the market will do its magic.
Would a gay baker actually be expected to provide a cake with an anti-gay message on it? No. How about a black photographer being forced to photograph a KKK event? Absolutely not. This goes far beyond religious liberty, but the religious have been who the LGBTQ extremists have decided to target.
A private business is not a public entity even though they serve the public. One person’s free speech shouldn’t infringe upon another’s rights.
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