Kentucky court sides with owner who refused printing gay pride shirts
May 13 (UPI) -- A Kentucky appeals court ruled in favor of a Christian T-shirt store owner who, in 2012, refused to print shirts promoting the Lexington, Ky., gay pride festival.
The case is the most recent in a string of legal disputes testing the extent to which LGBT individuals are protected from discrimination in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage the same year the case originated.
Other courts have largely ruled in favor of same-sex couples who have sued business owners, including florists, cake-makers and photographers who refused to provide service for their weddings, citing their religious beliefs.
The Kentucky case is unique in that the service being disputed on First Amendment grounds is literally the printing of words on T-shirts. The shirts were to contain a stylized numeral 5, signifying the fifth anniversary of the festival's founding, along with the words "Lexington Pride Festival" and a list of sponsors on the back.