Kentucky Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian print shop owner. According to the court, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) did not have a legal right to sue Adamson or his business for declining to print a message that goes against his faith.
Adamson was battling in court for the right to run his business with his faith for more than seven years facing boycotts against his promotional printing company, hateful emails, phone calls, and Facebook comments, among others.
Who represented his case?
During the case, The Alliance Defending Freedom´s attorneys represented Adamson.
“Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened. For more than seven years, government officials used this case to turn Blaine’s life upside down, even though we told them from the beginning that the lawsuit didn’t comply with the city’s own legal requirements,”said ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell, who argued before the state high court on Adamson’s behalf earlier this year
“The First Amendment protects Blaine’s right to continue serving all people while declining to print messages that violate his faith. Justice David Buckingham recognized this in his concurring opinion, and no member of the court disagreed with that.” he added.
The Kentucky Supreme Court wrote in its opinion in Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals that:
“This matter must be dismissed because the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, the original party to bring this action before the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, lacked statutory standing to assert a claim against Hands On Originals under the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government ordinance.”
Justice David Buckingham said that “Hands On was in good faith objecting to the message it was being asked to disseminate.”
“He also explained, quoting what the U.S. Supreme Court wrote last year in Janus v. AFSCME, that “When speech is compelled…, individuals are coerced into betraying their convictions. Forcing free and independent individuals to endorse ideas they find objectionable is always demeaning….”
ADF-allied attorney and co-counsel Bryan Beauman said. “The commission wasted taxpayer dollars and judicial resources by pressing this complaint in the first place and then appealing it all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court.”
“We hope that going forward the commission will respect the free speech rights of its citizens,”he said.
Source: CBN News