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T-Shirt Maker Hands On Originals Appealing Ruling By Human Rights Commission

A Lexington business has appealed a ruling by the city's Human Rights Commission that it discriminated against an organization by refusing to print T-shirts for a gay rights festival.

The owners of Hands On Originals filed the appeal Monday in Fayette Circuit Court claiming the ruling violates the company's freedom of religion and expression.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission decided in October that the business discriminated against the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington in 2012 by refusing to print the shirts. The decision was based on the city's adoption of an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The appeal asks the court to overturn the commission's ruling. It does not seek monetary damages.