The story sounds like something out of 1960s Nashville, when diners were thrown out of restaurants by managers and owners who didn’t like the color of their skin. Only in this case it’s 2012, the town is Knoxville, Tennessee, and the manager of the restaurant — a little place called the Bistro at the Bijou — didn’t care for the views the patron, Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield (photo), has on homosexuality.
According to the Tennessean newspaper, the restaurant’s owner, Martha Boggs, said she ordered Campfield out of her establishment during a Sunday brunch January 29 because of remarks he had made on a local radio program about the AIDS epidemic. The state senator, whose conservative, pro-family opinions have been criticized over the past year by the state’s homosexual activist community, asserted during the program that AIDS is a disease that predominantly afflicts male homosexuals.
Of course, Boggs was no doubt also upset over Canfield’s introduction of a bill in the state Senate last year that would ban elementary and middle-school instructors from teaching their students about homosexuality. The bill is currently stalled in the House.
“When I saw him at the front door, I told him to leave,” Boggs said of what critics called her boorish treatment of Campfield as he waited to be served. “It’s just my way to show support for the gay community and stand up to somebody I think is a bully. He’s really gone from being stupid to dangerous. I think he needs to know what it feels like to be discriminated against.”
Click here to read the entire article and view YouTube video of Boggs’ explanation.