Gay cake ruling inspires anti-gay shop owner

  • 08/06/2018
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The sign at Amyx Hardware and Roofing Supplies. Photo credit: NBC News

A Tennessee hardware store owner has revived his "no gays allowed" sign after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a bakery that refused to make a gay wedding cake.

Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies owner Jeff Amyx first used the sign in 2015 after the court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, USA Today reports. After a backlash, he replaced it with a sign refusing service to "to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion".

But now the original is back, local media reported, after the Supreme Court ruled against a gay couple who were refused a gay wedding cake by a Christian baker.

Mr Amyx told local news station WBIR it was a "ray of sunshine".

"This is 'happy days' for Christians all over America, but dark days will come," he warned. "Christianity is under attack. This is a great win, don't get me wrong, but this is not the end, this is just the beginning."

Mr Amyx also sells hats and bumper stickers which contain anti-LGBT phrases like "choose God or gays".

The Supreme Court said in the case of the gay wedding cake, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission - which initially ruled in the couple's favour - had shown "hostility" to the baker's religious beliefs.

The baker - Jack Phillips - told NBC News he would happily sell cakes to anyone, but wouldn't make them with messages or for events he disagreed with - a position the US Supreme Court backs.

"I don't create cakes for Halloween, I wouldn't create a cake that would be anti-American or disparaging against anybody for any reason, even cakes that would disparage people who identify as LGBT," he said.

"Cakes have a message and this is one I can't create."