Several LGBT owned businesses have come out in support Blaine Adamson — owner of the Hands on Originals print shop in Lexington, Kentucky — after a court ruled he must attend “government-mandated diversity training” after refusing to print shirts for a gay pride parade.
Diane DiGeloromo — owner of BMP T-shirts, one of the LGBT groups supporting Adamson — said in a statement that “no one should be forced to do something against what they believe in,” reports Christian Post. (RELATED: Judge Wants To Force Christian Printer To Make Gay Pride Shirts)
“If we were approached by an organization such as the Westboro Baptist Church, I highly doubt we would be doing business with them, and we would be very angry if we were forced to print anti-gay T-shirts,” DiGeloromo continued. “This isn’t a gay or straight issue. This is a human issue.”
DiGeloromo’s business partner, Kathy Trautvertter, also backs Adamson.
“You put your blood and your sweat and your tears into [you business] and it’s very personal,” explained Trautvertter. “When I put myself in [Adamson’s] shoes, I could see it from his side.”