As the United States Supreme Court continues to debate whether or not the act of making a cake is a form of expressive speech covered under the First Amendment, as well as whether or not someone can be compelled to create such speech, Kentucky’s Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case concerning whether or not a shirt company can decline to print shirts for a gay pride parade.
The case stems from actions that occurred in 2012, when Hands-On Originals, a shirt-company in Lexington, Kentucky, declined an order to make T-shirts for a gay pride parade because the owner had religious objections to pushing a pro-gay marriage. According to Lexington law, more specifically its public accommodation ordinances, the shop had violated their laws, which the Lexington-Urban County Rights Commission ruled.
Lower court rulings in Kentucky have already pointed out that this is a bad verdict, and that …
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