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Hardware Store Owner Fights Back Against Supreme Court Decision

Although the Supreme Court recently made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, a hardware store owner in East Tennessee posted a "No Gays Allowed" sign in his store window on Monday. It was Tuesday when Jeff Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies switched the sign out to read “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion."

Amyx, a baptist minister, explained his stance to WBIR 10 “I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in. “I don’t hate people. It’s not the people I hate, it’s the sin that I hate.” In addition, he said he will still sell to gay people so long as they “behave” and don’t express their opinions in the store. Amyx said the sign will hang “until they tell me it is illegal to have my freedom of speech and to my freedom of religion.”

Currently, Tennessee has no Tennessee has no statewide law protecting LGBT people from discrimination in public accommodations like hardware stores. In fact, Tennessee was the first state in the nation where state lawmakers passed a law forbidding municipalities from extending such protections. There are no protections at the federal level either.

Photo: Blue Nation Review

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