- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2015

A small hardware store in East Tennessee is making national headlines after posting a “No Gays Allowed” sign in the storefront window following the Supreme Court’s decision allowing same-sex marriage.

Jeff Amyx, a baptist minister who owns Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, said he added the controversial sign in order to stand up for his religious beliefs.

“They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? They believe their way is right. I believe it’s wrong,” Mr. Amyx told a local NBC affiliate. “But yet I’m going to take more persecution than them because I’m standing for what I believe in.”

“Would you let a child molester come in your home, around your kids? Of course not,” he told a local CBS affiliate. “So why would I let a homosexual hang around me? It’s against my nature, it’s against my way of life, it’s against my religion.”

On Wednesday, the sign had been replaced with a less inflammatory sign bearing Mr. Amyx’s signature.

“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion,” the sign read, NBC reported.

The owner said he’ll sell to gay people as long as they “behave” and keep their opinions to themselves while in his store.

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