In Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ruled Hand On Originals violated the city’s fairness ordinance when it refused to print t-shirts for the Lexington Pride Festival. The owners of Hand On said they declined the order because they are Christians and could not support the message of the shirts. But the commission ruled the firm discriminated against the Gay and Lesbians Services Organization of Lexington.
It is just plain business stupidity to not accept an order that you can fill. Just stupid. (You do run it to make money, yes?)
These days the enforcers of the Gay Mafia come to a store to demand their acceptance. “Nice business you got here. Be a shame if you got a Human Rights Commission violation.” They use The State to club non-conformists into equality nirvana.
The simplest answer, for business owners, when faced with dubious fairness laws, is to price custom goods–T-Shirts, Cakes, whatever–higher than market rates. If you don’t want to do the job, price yourself out of the market. It will make advertising more difficult since rates will not be firm, as they are priced per order. But if you are that dedicated to being business stupid, it would be a small step.
Also, if these are christian business owners, don’t they believe God loves everyone? “Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner”?