Remember Jeff Amyx, the Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a sign saying “No Gays Allowed” in his window back in 2015?
He just put the sign back up again after the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding:
WBIR reports Jeff Amyx first put the sign up on his Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies store in Grainger County, about an hour outside of Knoxville, back in 2015 after a Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said gay and lesbian couples are against his religion.
According to USA Today, Amyx later removed the sign following backlash and replaced it with a sign saying “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion.”
But on Monday, Amyx posted a sign saying “No Gays Allowed” at his store again.
Even your more common “Love the sinner, hate the sin” types of Christians should be appalled by this. While they may not support marriage equality (a problematic stance on its own), most would never dream of denying service to LGBTQ people for secular reasons. That Amyx would refuse to sell hammers and nails to gay people just adds another layer of terrible on top of his already awful reputation. (Seriously, just scroll through his store’s Facebook page.)
He told WBIR that he was celebrating a “win” after the Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple…
“Christianity is under attack. This is a great win, don’t get me wrong, but this is not the end, this is just the beginning,” he said. “Right now we’re seeing a ray of sunshine. This is ‘happy days’ for Christians all over America, but dark days will come.”
You don’t speak for this Episcopalian. There’s nothing “happy” about this.
While it may be tempting to leave the man bad Yelp reviews (or the like), that may not be effective since he’ll just write it off as Christian persecution. However, there’s a silver lining in his blatant bigotry.
By leaving a sign like this on the window, there’s hope that even straight allies will see it and refuse to spend their money at a place run by such a terrible person. Morals and basic human decency may not sway Amyx, but cash could do wonders.
(Screenshot via YouTube)