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Print Shop Proudly Refuses Service To Gays

Herald Embroidery in Oak Grove, Kentucky is so unabashedly anti-gay that a sign on the storefront's window brazenly let's you know that no LGBT person (or any "foul language") is allowed inside the store. 

Thanks to JoeMyGod, we also have firsthand consumer testimony from a lesbian who was allegedly denied service by the pro-man-beard specialty print shop. 

Jeri Vercetti reveals her story in a new Google review of the business:

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.

 

We've reached out to Herald Embroidery for comment and will update the story accordingly. 

 

 

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U know gay people r getting married now in most of the states. So obviously our queer tantrum work. Silly boy. It's called taking a stand in what is right. 

When are u worthless gays going to learn that just because you stamp your foot and QUEEN OUT that this will get you abbsolutely NOWERE!
The reality is that for every gay and gay supporter there are 5 that support the other side, thus your efforts are for nothing and these businesses will actually thrive even further by those who actually have some morals about them.

Anonymous...more like closet

Of course, it's the ever SO vocal "anonymous"! They are always proud of what they have to say; just not proud of who "they" are! Stand up and be recognized for your bigotry and hate if you are SO convicted in your beliefs! Morononymous!!

Ha! This person had a lot of ignorant things to say but left themselves anonymous lmao. They must have realized how stupid they sounded. 

Don't be such an ass. 

They have disabled e-Mail (Quelle suprise). They make guidons and unit heraldry items for units at Fort Campbell. That's a lot of money. Since units at Fort Campbell purchase those items with federal funds, and since the U.S. armed forces no longer bans gay and lesbian service members, can the federal government legally and ethically continue to purchase items from this dealer? 

Seriously I would go into the shop and buy something cheap and when the clerk thanks me, I would reply " Thanks for supplying this bisexual woman with this item. It will help me with my girl friend later." and watch the look on the clerk's face. It would be epic. If someone is near there, would they do it for me, video tape it and post it to youtube? Please. I am really jumping out of my skin to see what they would do or say. Big laugh on them. I guess they arent realizing this is 2014 and it is fine for people to be out and fine for wives to be with wives openly just as husbands are with wives.

They posted on their site.. (a poor attempt to justify their arrogance) 

"

Notice: We recently posted five 3″ stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in their message. After some public confusion as to the meaning of one which depicted a rainbow flag, we’ve replaced them with a clarification.

“While we will serve all customers who treat our place of business with respect, we reserve the right to refuse to produce promotional products that promote ideas that are not in keeping with our consciences. This includes, but is not limited to content promoting homosexuality, freemasonry, the use of foul language, and imagery which promotes immodesty.”"

From Herald Embroidery's webpage:

"Notice: We recently posted five 3″ stickers on the front entrance to our shop. Two of these stickers are negative and prohibitive in their message. After some public confusion as to the meaning of one which depicted a rainbow flag, we’ve replaced them with a clarification.

While we will serve all customers who treat our place of business with respect, we reserve the right to refuse to produce promotional products that promote ideas that are not in keeping with our consciences. This includes, but is not limited to content promoting homosexuality, freemasonry, the use of foul language, and imagery which promotes immodesty.”

Why don't they have the "Square and Compass" emblem with a line through it on the window as well?

Guys, you can contact them at www.heraldembroidery.com!!!!  Jump on the bandwagon and email gay porn!!  

What a nice tribute to history...I wonder if they also have a "Whites Only" sign posted.

Thankfully that would illegal in the UK.

What a dickwadd of a store.

Just because I still remember it from Sunday school:
John 3:17
For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.

www.oberonprinting.com We will gladly help those discriminated against and give you free shipping to Kentucky on your orders. Bad business move Herald Embroidery! Oberon Printing is proud to show its Pride!

Man I sure wish I lived here. They don't know what foul language is yet

This type of discrimination is illegal. 

It's not illegal. That's the problem.

Actually, it is illegal. The courts recently ruled against a photographer who refused gay weddings. Once you hang a shingle out to do business you are required to serve the public. You can not discriminate. The only reason these folks get away with it is because no one sues them.

I saw an old sign yesterday at an antique shop, on it, it read, " No Blacks or Mexicans." People arent allowed to post signs like that anymore. How are they allowed to do this to us now in this day and age? I thought we were moving forward, not back ward.

So.... being that gays are sinners and "evil"... does that mean we will turn to the touch of a Bible? I want to go in holding a Bible WITH an outgrown beard with suspenders and straw sticking out my mouth.... and kiss another dude while holding a gun. (Almost forgot that part)

It is the business' right to say no to us. And by all means it's right for us to shop else where. 

Actually I like the idea, that if business' don't want our patronage, then post it. I'll shop elsewhere. I'll spend my money at places that are supportive to our life style.

I am glad they are so blatant about it so that it makes it clear that it is an issue that needs to be addressed. There needs to be federal protection for the lgbt community that would make such discrimination illegal nationwide. 

but if "beards" are encouraged......LOL!!!!

 

Fucktards.  Let me at these assholes.  hehe, I don't mean that the way it sounded.  I mean grrr fucking assholes.  put up mean stickers.  Where are all the pyromaniacs when you need 'em!

I like how the man with the beard is pointing the gun at John 3:16. lol!

I see a brick in that window's future.

You know your business is in trouble when the page to boycott it gets more likes in an hour then the business did since 2010....lol.

has anyone else noticed that there is no red line through the gun image ?   so i'm guessing i can take a gun in there and wave it around,    as long as i'm not gay and don't use foul language ?  i think that business owners should display an anti gay logo on their doors and websites,  so that both gays and fair minded and intelligent straight people know to boycott their business.   as for the john 3:16 sticker,   someone should draw a red line through that as well,   because whoever put that sticker on the front door and whoever works there and supports this kind of blatent discrimination,   obviously can't read or understand their bible.    maybe we should all chip in and send the owners and workers there to reading classes,   so that next time they can't make fools of themselves like they have now and leave themselves open to ridicule around the world.   

I use to work there for 3 1/2 years and the last two years were a living nightmare. I did not supported what came out of his mouth but I had to support my daughter and my self and that was the reason why I worked there for so long. I have heard and seen some crazy things at that place 

I would have noticed that sticker from a mile away, but I really like the John 3:16 sticker.  I wonder if in that person's version of Christianity, Christ died on a cross with a similar sticker that said "no gays."

In a strange backward way, I welcome this kind of signage in a storefront!  I WANT to know who the bigots and assholes are who don't want my money so I can make a clear, educated decision as to who has the privilege of getting my money!  This just makes it easier as far as I'm concerned.  However, should it be a law?  Absolutely not.  I do wonder how well it would go over if a business in that State had stickers with a Jesus fish and a red line through it...or how about one of those redneck beard symbols and a red line through it.  Bet that would make the National news with people crying foul!

I couldn't agree more. well said.

 I welcome this kind of signage in a storefront!  I WANT to know who the bigots and assholes are who don't want my money so I can make a clear, educated decision as to who has the privilege of getting my money!

I agree wholeheartedly.

makes me ashamed to be from Kentucky, but not everyone here is like this.I dont know how someone could have 3:16 on their door and turn anyone away.

What's even better is that it's a sin to have out grown beards. So his beard thing in the window contradicts everything he believes. Hahahahha

Actually, I'm sorry to ruin your laugh, but you've got it turned around. Shaving one's beard is an abomination, just like bunnies, shrimp, vegetable gardens, polyester blends, tattoos and all of those other things the religious wrong likes the ignore. They only like the part in Leviticus that is anti-gay. Hypocrites!!!!!

Actually, given the time period and geographic location Christ was supposed to live in, none of the men had a beard. Also, their hair was kept short.

Just waiting for the news story saying gay owners refuse straight couples....then I will laugh!

There are places that are exclusively gay.  My best friend (who is no longer with us), used to go to adult gay camp every summer.  I said "I wanna go!!!"   He said sorry, you have to go down the road to Camp Oneida (the lesbian camp).  But I'm not a lesbian!!Ah well.  It was just a memory that made me re-think about the idea of exclusionary clubs and establishments.  When is it ok and not ok?  Just looking for opinions.

I visited their website to ask if they'd embroider a picture for me. I doubt they'll follow through, but it'll be fun to see their response, if they send me one...

For god so loved the world he gave his only begotten son to die so that all (repete all ) whosoever believes in him shall have everlasting life. .............yeah any and all just have to believe---nothing else--and we all get in to heaven--not just the hillbilly homo haters---I pray their buisness dies like a chritian in a roman areana!!!

Now are you not just as stereotypical and judgemental? You just called them hillbilly.why? just because they are from Kentucky? So you judge and cast stones back, and call them more names and spout more hate. At least they have the balls to show what they stand for. Isn't that our constitutional rights? Just because it isn't in line with what your beliefs are ,why the hate? What if this was a business somewhere else would you profile and cast stereotypes to that demographic area also? Seems the hate and hypocrisy is more with you than them.

I would not want to give them my hard earned money any way.because people like that are just ignorant.

Clearly, we gays know our bibles too...

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should have everlasting life.

Maybe if they had walked in and pointed guns at them they would have been served.

Yet he has a John 3:16 sticker. Religious hillbillies are mentally fucked in the head. Too stupid for life.

What is john 3:16?

Okay it has been quoted but it basically says that God sent his only son, Jesus here to preach the gospel and save souls and if you believe in God you will go to heaven to be eternally happy forever after you die here on earth. But, the Bible goes deeper and names some sins. Google "7 deadly sins" and "10 commandments." I think if you believe in God and follow the commandments and dont commit the 7 deadly sins, your soul will go to heaven. I am pretty sure homosexuality existed in biblical days.

For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son....

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."  Apparently he doesn't know what "Whosoever" means...or he doesn't think that gays can love Jesus.  Either way - he's an ignorant fool.

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

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