Shop Owner Who Posted “No Gays Allowed” Sign Celebrates Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

Jeff Amyx of Tennessee made headlines in 2015, when he posted the discriminatory signage outside his hardware store.

Yet another anti-LGBTQ notable has chimed in following the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.

Jeff Amyx, owner of Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, TN, made national headlines in 2015 when he posted a “No Gays Allowed” sign outside his storefront. Amyx, who’s also a Baptist minister, defended his decision, claiming his religious beliefs gave him a right to deny queer patrons. Following the backlash, he revised the sign and hung up a new one, which read, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.”

News of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of anti-gay baker Jack Phillips was a welcome surprise for Amyx, he told WBIR: “I was really shocked because of the track record of our Supreme Court.”

The ruling is a victory in America’s “attack on Christianity,” he claims: “Right now we’re seeing a ray of sunshine. This is ’happy days’ for Christians all over America, but dark days will come.”

Despite Amyx’s biblical warning, a recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos found that the vast majority of Americans—some 72%—disagree that business owners have the right to refuse LGBTQ customers on religious grounds.

Meanwhile, representatives for President Donald Trump gave the Supreme Court’s ruling a thumbs-up.

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