The Point: Hands On Didn’t Discriminate

Bake the cake, arrange the flowers, print the shirt. Or else. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Kentucky t-shirt designer Blaine Adamson does not refuse to serve gay customers. As he wrote recently at Alliance Defending Freedom, he never has. But when asked to design and print shirts for a gay pride parade, he declined, offering to refer his customers elsewhere. They sued, and a county human rights commission found Adamson guilty of discrimination.

Adamson and his business, Hands On Originals, have won reversals by two higher courts. Now, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization has asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to get involved.

This battle, and others like it will greatly depend on what the U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. Adamson is a powerful illustration that Christian business owners aren’t refusing to serve gay people. It’s a false narrative. What they’re refusing is to use their artistic talents to convey messages that conflict with their beliefs.

It’s a freedom we have in a country whose Constitution protects both speech and religion.



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