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Kentucky Store Bans Gay People. Guns, However, Are Totally Fine

Herald Embroidery, a mom-and-pop’s print shop in Oak Grove, Kentucky, has made it clear who is welcome in their store and who is not: Guns? Sure! Gay people? Not so much.

The custom embroiderers recently posted five stickers in its front window, PolicyMic reports. Guns, beards, and a Bible passage are depicted in green circles, while “foul language” and a rainbow flag are crossed out in red circles.

After news broke, the store quickly replaced them with a “clarification” that read:

While we will serve all customers who treat our place of business with respect, we reserve the right to refuse to produce promotional products that promote ideas that are not in keeping with our consciences. This includes, but is not limited to content promoting HOMOSEXUALITY, FREEMASONRY, the use of FOUL LANGUAGE, and imagery which promotes IMMODESTY.

In other words: Shop owners don’t want your immodest and immoral homosexuality printed on any T-shirts and banners produced by them. Guns, however, are totally fine.

If this upsets you, too bad. According to the law, Herald Embroidery is acting within its rights by posting this signage. In Kentucky, it’s legal to use “religious beliefs” as a legal defense in court, even when those beliefs undermine the civil rights of others.

Since news of Herald Embroidery’s bigotry broke, the company’s Yelp page has been inundated pictures of same-sex couples kissing and holding hands. If this upsets shop owners, too bad. According to Yelp’s content guidelines, users are acting within their rights by posting the photographs. On Yelp, “colorful language and imagery is fine.”

On:           Apr 30, 2014
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    • coffeeaugur

      WTF … this place should be shut down

      Apr 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      They have a sticker that says John 3:16 That passage reads “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

      Hmm, funny, I didn’t see the part in there that says “Except for dirty faggots”.

      It’s funny, these people are so desperate to be bigots that they will try to twist anything to excuse their bigotry.

      I think we should go to Kentucky, set up stores on a main street and say that it is our religious belief that anybody walking by our store must pay us $100 dollars. If you look in our store it’s $200.00. Hey, it’s our religious belief after all.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hex0

      The most disgusting thing is that discrimination against “Christians” is illegal yet they’re free to shit on gays all they want. Luckily we’re winning the fight and the crusty old white Paula Deens and Duck Dynastys are dying out.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • underdog

      F##king rednecks!!!

      Apr 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

      The F.U.C.K.I.N.G white Christian again! I am saying it for years HOMOS get guns we`ll need it.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ingyaom

      So, what is it, beards or Freemasonry? We have a right to know.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jckfmsincty

      Kentucky: 6 million people, 11 different last names

      Apr 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sixpackjack

      I can’t think of anything more gay than embroidery.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tookietookie123

      Well they are free to ban gay people from their store since it’s in their legal right to do so, but it is also our legal right to give them negative feedback and avoid going to their business until it fails. Don’t underestimate us as a collective group, we’ve faced much worse and survived much worse, just because I’m not allowed in your store in a state I’m not happy to say that I’m from doesn’t mean I’m going to stop being gay. This isn’t anything but hate, it’s quite a pathetic attempt to attack our community too.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geeker

      I’m from Kentucky and I’m sad to say this kind of thing is far from surprising or rare.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson

      Again, folks, WHO gives a F*CK??? People such as these are showing their stupidity in a very public manner. It’s just like the cakes & chicken sandwiches BS. I wouldn’t want them to have my patronage. Somebody else, down the street, will be happy to treat you right & get your business! Douchebags don’t last long once word gets around.

      Apr 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lvng1tor

      @ingyaom: Oh god I’m so confused cause I have a beard and am gay…oh wait my family is ripe with masons so I guess I can’t go into this tough guys embroidery shop…damn

      Apr 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      Gotta love these people who show their idiotic behavior with no shame. I hope their business burns down… with them in it! (Not that I’d want them hurt in any way, nooooooo!)

      May 1, 2014 at 12:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EGO

      Herald Embroidery/owners are going to fail because of their stubborn, archaic thinking and refusal to learn. Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, they are falling apart.

      May 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      jckfmsincty & sixpackjack back to back fantastic comments!

      “Kentucky: 6 million people, 11 different last names”

      “I can’t think of anything more gay than embroidery.”

      May 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeau

      Yelp just scrubbed this places page of 23 comments and sent me a stern email.
      No sense of humor
      So now u know
      F**k yelp

      May 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bwood

      It’s their store and their right and I for one agree with it. You don’t have to shop there. I really don’t see how the same sex can populate the earth. If God wanted this to happen he would have given us both sexes. So I guess since they a have a different view then they are the bad guys. Just listen to yourselves because someone has different views than you.

      Dec 28, 2015 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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