‘No Gays Allowed’: Supreme Court Cake Ruling Sparks New Wave Of Discrimination
A hardware store owner in East Tennessee is celebrating a new Supreme Court ruling by putting up a sign that says “No Gays Allowed.” If that sounds familiar, it’s because he’s done it before and made national headlines for it three years ago.
Back in 2015, after a Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Tennessee hardware store owner Jeff Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said gay and lesbian couples are against his religion. So put up a sign on his store saying, “No Gays Allowed,” and told folks he was banning “the homosexual people.” (Image above from 2015.)
Shortly after, Amyx replaced it with a sign that took a bit more of a “legal” tone: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.”
He wants you to know he doesn’t hate gays, he hates sin, by the way.
And, “on Monday, Amyx posted a sign saying ‘No Gays Allowed’ at his store again,” Syrause.com reports.
This week’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of an anti-gay Christian baker prompted Amyx emboldened him once again to post the new “No Gays Allowed” sign, because why not? Amyx, a Baptist minister, told WBIR News that after the cake baker’s win, he’s seeing “a ray of sunshine” and a “great win.”
“This is ‘happy days’ for Christians all over America, but dark days will come,” Amyx warned this week. “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,” he claims, of the supposed war on Christians.
Back in 2015 when marriage equality became the law of the land Amyx was certain he and his fellow Christians were being persecuted.
“They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? They believe their way is right, I believe it’s wrong. But yet I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in,” Amyx said then.
Here’s WBIR’s interview with Amyx this week: