A man who worked for seven years at Rocketown, a Nashville, Tennessee music venue and Christian youth outreach facility, says he was fired for wearing a T-Shirt to work which stated: ‘I Support Same-Sex Marriage.’
Wes Breedwall immediately made his firing, and the reason why, public by posting a photo of himself in the T-Shirt on Instagram stating in part: ‘Here is a picture to show my support for equality and free speech including social media. Cheers to my friends for having my back through all of this.’
The T-Shirt is from the Connecticut-based punk band Hostage Calm which spoke out this week (21 January) in defense of their fired fan.
‘We called this brave man to hear his story, demonstrate our support, and figure out how we can help,’ the band wrote on their website.
‘It’s important to note that they didn’t fire him for wearing A SHIRT,’ the band wrote. ‘They fired him because of what that shirt stands for. For what that shirt threatens. This shirt represents an idea that all people have the right to live their lives without being told who to love and whose love is more valuable. It represents equality under the law. It represents the freedom to choose.’
The band states it promises ‘to do everything in its power to raise awareness and challenge this injustice in Nashville’ and vows to never play Rocketown again.