Fayette County

Human Rights Commission approves discrimination finding against Hands On Originals

This logo is the image that organizers of Lexington's fifth annual gay pride festival asked Hands On Originals to print on a T-shirt for the event.
This logo is the image that organizers of Lexington's fifth annual gay pride festival asked Hands On Originals to print on a T-shirt for the event.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve an October finding that Hands On Originals discriminated when it refused to print T-shirts for a Lexington gay services organization.

In his ruling, hearing officer Greg Munson said that Hands On Originals had discriminated in refusing to print and sell the T-shirts to the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington for its 2012 Lexington Pride Festival. Munson's ruling said that the application of the Fairness Ordinance did not violate Hands On Originals' right to free speech and its right to the free exercise of religion.

Raymond Sexton, executive director of the commission, said commission approval of the ruling concludes the commission's involvement in the case.

Any further action would have to be pursued through the courts, Sexton said.

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