Tennessee store owner defends ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign

WASHBURN, Tenn. (WATE and Associated Press) –  An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a “No Gays Allowed” sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage says he decided to take a “bold” stand for his beliefs.

“A lot of people have called me and congratulated me,” owner Jeff Amyx said. But other calls are on the other side of spectrum. “People calling and threatening me, telling me I would regret this. No, I’ll never regret this.” “The reason I put up the sign is to let the homosexual people know that there are Christian people that are willing to take a stand,” said Amyx.

Amyx tells local media outlets that he put the sign up at Amyx Hardwar & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County on Monday because he disagreed with the court’s decision last week. He said gay and lesbian relationships are against his religion.

On Tuesday, however, media reports say he took down that sign and replaced it with one reading “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.” “People told me I ought to do it a little bit more, make it a little nicer because I’m a very blunt person,” Amyx added.

Amyx, who is Baptist, says he’ll sell to gay people as long as they “behave” and don’t express their opinions in his store.

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