An Oak Grove store that specializes in custom T-shirts and banners is grabbing attention for the signs in the window. Signs have served as a public proclamation that the owner of Herald Embroidery opposes the gay lifestyle. Now, some residents are calling for a boycott.
"The vast majority of people that live in the Kentucky and Tennessee area are just good, hard-working people," said Josh Boyd of Hopkinsville. "They don't want to make a mockery of anyone else especially by putting anti-gay stickers on their business."
Boyd said he's trying to inspire peace by starting the Facebook page, Boycott Herald Embroidery.
"It would absolutely thrill me if we could change a few minds and get people back on the right track instead of dividing them," said Boyd.
Last month, Herald Embroidery first got attention for a sign depicting a Bible verse, a gun, and a beard next to the words "foul language" and a rainbow flag crossed out.
Owner Matthew Lombard told Channel 4 in a statement, "It only showed an objection to the gay pride movement and the choice one makes to engage in or support homosexuality as morally acceptable or consistent with the Christian doctrine."
Lombard insists his business has never turned away anyone based on their sexual orientation.
The original sign was taken down. A new one says they refuse to produce anything that promotes ideas against their beliefs including homosexuality, freemasonry, foul language and immodest behavior.
"He is well within his rights not to produce promotional materials that are against his beliefs," said Boyd. "Why do you have to make fun of people and put it out there for all to see?"
Beyond Boyd's page and mentions in blogs, Herald Embroidery has even made Comedy Central's hit show, The Colbert Report.
Lombard said he's received major community support for his stand, but he's also received threats to his family.
Boyd said that's not the reaction he wants and has posted a message on his page to address it.
"This page is not a place to seek revenge," Boyd read from his page. "Respect is a reflection of the one showing it."
"This is essentially first amendment vs. first amendment," Boyd continued. "I'm sure this guy feels very persecuted himself in some way, but you have to remember you're still in the majority. You have to take others' feelings into account as well in the same way you'd want your own feelings taken into account."
Lombard said he's had several offers for free legal service if he needs it. He said he has no regrets about posting the signs and doesn't plan to take them down.
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