It’s Kentucky going 2 for 2 today. Because the bible apparently condemns all gay behaviour, the operators of The Pavilion in Hazard, felt justified in kicking the couple out. Via Michael Stone at the Examiner:
According to reports, when the two developmentally and intellectually disabled young men entered the pool, they were ridiculed and told that “we own this place and can tell you to leave if we want to” by the staff at The Pavilion, a public pool funded by tax dollars. When pressed for a reason for the ejection, the two were told that the Bible justified banning gays from sharing public pools
The Kentucky Equality Federation and Mending Hearts Inc. (a group that assists the mentally disabled in social environments) have condemned their actions.
My staff told this man that what he was trying to do was discrimination. The man stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it. My staff continued to argue with this man, but was ultimately forced to leave. My clients, whom already feel ridiculed and different, left the city owned facility crying and embarrassed for trying to participate in ‘normal’ activities that everyday ‘normal’ people do.”
They weren’t doing anything “inappropriate” while there; they just wanted to hang out at the pool like everyone else and this was the result. Talk about ridiculous.
As a public community service, the The Pavilion has a responsibility to provide equal treatment to all members of their facility and to properly educate their staff accordingly. A Biblical comment is totally inappropriate. All citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky should be treated with equality and respect, based not only on their intellectual abilities but their sexual orientation as well.
I think they should be ashamed of themselves, but I’m sure they won’t be. If they offer an apology it’ll probably be backhanded and insincere to boot. The Advocate reports a protest is being planned that will go ahead if no apology of any kind is forthcoming from The Pavillion and KY Equality has stated that they will ask for “Governor Beshear to rescind funding to The Pavilion and the City of Hazard in the spirit of his executive order prohibiting discrimination of LGBTI people in Kentucky government.” One of Stone’s sources notes an intent to bring this matter to court.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens. Hopefully I remember to check.