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Pride fest T-shirt case head to Kentucky Supreme Court

Lexington shop refused to fill order in 2012
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Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 12:29:08-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Tickets will be available for anyone wishing to listen to oral arguments before the Kentucky Supreme Court on the civil case involving a Lexington business that refused to print shirts for a gay pride festival.

Hands On Originals Inc. caught a lot of negative press in 2012 when it refused to print shirts for the city's pride festival.

The Lexington Human Rights Commission ruled the business had discriminated against potential customers based on sexual orientation.

Hands On Originals filed a lawsuit against the commission and Gay and Lesbian Services Organization claiming the ruling is unconstitutional.

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear the case Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who wish to observe the oral arguments.

Tickets will be available that morning at 8:30 a.m. The remarks also will be broadcast on the Kentucky Department of Justice's website and KET.