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‘Moral objection policy’ cited by printer for not doing business with Atlanta gay-owned company

A local company is refusing to print materials for Atlanta's gay-owned Carma Productions citing its "Moral Objection Policy" that includes a rule to reject "homosexual materials."

Thomas Ryan, CFO and publisher of Carma Productions, which produces among other items the Gay Community Yellow Pages, sent an email to Fatina Malik of Media Graphix based in Norcross on Oct. 31 expressing his "shock" that the company declined to estimate a cost for printing between 2,500-5,000 copies of a media kit for the Gay Community Yellow Pages. According to Ryan, Media Graphix printed a similar project for Carma Productions in 2010.

Malik stated in an Oct. 31 email to Heidi Reis, executive vice president of Carma Productions, that  Media Graphix would have to decline estimating the cost of printing the media kit for the GCYP in response to a request sent by Reis on Oct. 28. The request from Reis asked for a price of the job and asked for it to be finished by Nov. 2.

"Thank you for your interest in Media Graphix. We will have to decline quoting this job because it conflicts with our Moral Objection Policy. Please see the attached. I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks!" Malik responded Oct. 31 in an email to Reis.