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Why a Lesbian Business Owner Is Standing Up for a Christian Printer’s Right to Refuse Making T-Shirts for a Gay Pride Event

From The Blaze
Nov. 5, 2014 2:38pm |
 
As the battle rages on over whether Christian-owned businesses should be exempt from offering certain services to gay clients, a lesbian-owned T-shirt company based in New Jersey is taking a perspective that might surprise some conservative advocates.
 
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Kathy Trautvetter, who founded BMP T-Shirts in 2003 with her partner, Kathy, told TheBlaze Wednesday that both women believe that businesses shouldn’t be forced by the government to violate their religious conscience.
 

Trautvetter has been vocal about her views surrounding an ongoing debate involving Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands on Originals, a Kentucky-based T-shirt company, that refused to print shirts for a gay pride festival in 2012.

The government has since found the business guilty of discrimination following a complaint filed by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington.

“I was fascinated by the story, because we are a T-shirt maker,” she said. “When I read the story I immediately felt, ‘If I were in his shoes, what would they be forcing me to do?’ I have to say, if that were me I wouldn’t like it either.”

Trautvetter, who said that she and Diane launched their part-time business back in 2003 when they began doing graphic design and visual arts work for gay pride events, said that she supports Adamson’s right to defend his Christian views and his business.

“The idea is that when you own your own business, it’s your own art and creation — it’s very personal … it takes a long time to build a business,” she said. “When someone wants to force you to go against it — that’s what stuck me right in the heart. I really felt for Blaine.”

Trautvetter, who obviously has some disagreements with the Hands on Originals owner, has publicly defended him, noting that any business — not just a Christian-owned operation — could be forced to go against the values its owners espouse. Consider, for instance, what would happen if Trautvetter were to refuse orders from an anti-gay church.
 
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/05/why-a-lesbian-business-owner-is-standing-up-for-a-christian-printers-right-to-refuse-making-t-shirts-for-a-gay-pride-event/

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One response to “Why a Lesbian Business Owner Is Standing Up for a Christian Printer’s Right to Refuse Making T-Shirts for a Gay Pride Event

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