Instinct Exclusive: Kentucky Print Shop Owner Defends Anti-Gay Policy
When we heard that Herald Embroidery in Oak Grove, Kentucky had a newly-minted anti-rainbow symbol on its storefront and is actually enforcing the apparent "no gays allowed" policy, we had to find out the meaning of it all from the print shop's owner, Matthew Lombard.
First, a refresher. This review popped up on Herald Embroidery's Google business page last week, prompting our inquiry:
My wife and I went into this shop to get shirts for my parent's anniversary. We went in holding hands and the clerks gave us dirty looks the entire time. We didn't understand why; maybe they thought we were suspicious? I confronted one of the employees and they directed me to a sticker in the window. It had a pride flag on it and it basically meant gays weren't welcome. My wife and I were heartbroken; we just wanted shirts made! But we wasted a trip for nothing. Guess we'll get our shirts online next time. So sad about this treatment.
After the allegations started making their way around the Internet Monday, we asked Lombard for his side of the story.
"We recently posted five 3" stickers on the front entrance to our shop," the print shop owner tells Instinct. "Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in there message. We will not serve people that are foul-mouthed, nor will we serve people that flaunt their homosexual lifestyle in our place of business and/or request us to produce promotional products that do so."
"Though I have always refused to produce materials promoting the homosexual agenda (gay wedding gifts for example)," he added, "I have never refused service to any person, even if they have previously requested such material, from ordering material which we do not find objectionable. I have always made this policy clear to those that have made such requests."
Lombard boast that he's "never refused service to any person" in practically the same breath that he defiantly admits he refuses service to customers who are obviously gay, such as the reviewer. Maybe he just doesn't consider gays people?