CASELexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals

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Blaine Adamson

Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands On Originals, a promotional printing company, has turned down several requests to create shirts based on the message that he was asked to print on them. But when he declined one particular design, he faced charges of illegal discrimination.


 

That order came from the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO), and the requested shirt promoted the group’s Pride Parade. Blaine explained that he could not print a shirt bearing a message that conflicts with his faith. He then offered to connect the GLSO to another printer who would create the shirts for the same price that he would have charged.

The GLSO rejected Blaine’s offer and filed a discrimination complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission.

If the situation were reversed, would a homosexual printer be forced to print material stating that homosexuality is morally wrong? Or would an African American be forced to print shirts promoting a Klu Klux Klan rally?  Of course not.

But the Human Rights Commission ignored all of this, declared that Blaine was guilty of illegal discrimination, and ordered him to print shirts with messages that conflict with his religious beliefs.

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Lexington, Ky., printer Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals declined to print expressive shirts promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, because he did not want to convey the messages printed on the shirts. He nevertheless offered to connect the organization to another printer that would produce the shirts for the same price that he would have charged. Unsatisfied, GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission and alleged illegal discrimination.
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Lexington, Ky., printer Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals declined to print expressive shirts promoting the Lexington Pride Festival, hosted by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization, because he did not want to convey the messages printed on the shirts. He nevertheless offered to connect the organization to another printer that would produce the shirts for the same price that he would have charged. Unsatisfied, GLSO filed a complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission and alleged illegal discrimination despite eventually obtaining the shirts for free from another printer.

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Court Title Date
Appellate Court
Brief of appellee filed with Kentucky Court of Appeals Feb 05 2016
Appellate Court
Friend-of-the-court brief filed with Kentucky Court of Appeals - Bucket Fund Oct 29 2015
Appellate Court
Friend-of-the-court brief filed with Kentucky Court of Appeals - Cato Institute Oct 29 2015
Appellate Court
Friend-of-the-court brief filed with Kentucky Court of Appeals - American Center for Law and Justice Oct 28 2015
Appellate Court
Friend-of-the-court brief filed with Kentucky Court of Appeals -Sutherland Institute Oct 28 2015
Trial Court
Trial court decision Apr 27 2015
Trial Court
Complaint and notice of appeal Dec 08 2014
Administrative Agency
Final commission ruling Nov 19 2014
Administrative Agency
Hearing examiner's recommended ruling Oct 06 2014
Administrative Agency
Determination by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission Nov 13 2012
Administrative Agency
Respondent’s statement of position Apr 19 2012
Administrative Agency
Complaint Mar 28 2012

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