Democrats have been relentless in their pursuit to force Americans and private business owners to cave to their agenda. President Donald Trump has made religious and individual freedoms the cornerstone of his presidency, and Christians across the country just got great news.
And a crucial ruling from the Kentucky Supreme Court just set the Democrats back big time.
Kentucky’s Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against a print shop owner who refused to make an LGBT Pride T-shirt on the grounds that doing so would violate his conscience and religious beliefs.
The state’s highest court ruled that Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization lacked standing in the case since the city’s gay rights law is meant to protect individuals rather than activist groups.
“While this result is no doubt disappointing to many interested in this case and its potential outcome, the fact that the wrong party filed the complaint makes the discrimination analysis almost impossible to conduct, including issues related to freedom of expression and religion,” the court’s decision read, according to Kentucky.com.
Hands-On Originals co-owner Blaine Adamson, who is Christian, refused to fill an order from the advocacy group to print a design on T-shirts that would have read, “Lexington Pride Festival” for Lexington’s 2012 Gay Pride Festival.
Adamson said completing the order with that design “goes against my conscience.”
The city’s Human Rights Commission originally ordered Adamson to fill the t-shirt order and participate in diversity training, but he appealed the decision.
But then two lower state courts, the circuit court and state court of appeals, also ruled in favor of the print shop.
Justice David Buckingham penned a concurring opinion for the court that took the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization to task for going “beyond its charge of preventing discrimination in public accommodation and instead attempt(ing) to compel Hands-On to engage in expression with which it disagreed.”
Adamson’s lawyers praised Thursday’s decision.
“Today’s decision makes clear that this case never should have happened,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jim Campbell said.
This case is eerily similar to that of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.
Phillips, who resides in Colorado, has gone before the U.S. Supreme Court several times in recent years with high-profile religious liberty cases.
Phillips has won every single case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last year, Phillips went toe-to-toe with LGBTQ leaders who tried to force him to bake the cake for a person who is transitioning from one gender to another.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Colorado officials had discriminated against Phillips’ religious beliefs when they tried to force him to bake a cake for a same-sex “wedding.”
A few months after the ruling in June 2018, Autumn Scardina filed a complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a cake that would be pink on the inside and blue on the outside.
Scardina was trying to celebrate his “transition” from male to female.
Colorado Civil Rights Division Director Aubrey Elenis wrote a letter claimed Phillips had unlawfully denied Scardina “equal enjoyment of a place of public accommodation.”
Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious organization that represented Phillips in his original case before the U.S. Supreme Court and also helped the Koski family, filed a federal lawsuit against outgoing Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state civil rights commission.