I don't even know where to begin with this. What's next? Segregated bathrooms? Hell, from New York to Chicago - there's gay high schools going up, because kids need a place to feel safe without being bullied and tortured. Just recently laws in Kansas and Arizona were passed by Republican lawmakers who felt the need to discriminate gay patrons. Lord help me if something similar happens in this state (Texas) and someone kicks me out of a restaurant. Are people really this stupid???
by Haywood Bynum III
Proposed Jim Crow laws for gay people are already taking effect in
Kansas. 38-year-old Johnny Quinns-Smith wanted to get an egg-salad
sandwich for himself and his fiance, Erique Boltzman. He went to his
local diner outside Franton, near Scranton, a place where he and
Boltzman had occasionally ate over the past 6 years. In fact, it was at
this diner that the two met during a lunch hour.
But today, Quinss-Smith encountered something he thought he would
never see in his lifetime: a sign. A sign that said, “Service Refused
To Gay Couples.”
was in absolute shock, I mean, I could not even fathom what was going
on,” he said. When he went into the restaurant, all went silent. The
locals looked at him, with several pointing and whispering. Wiping out a
cup, a server behind the restaurant’s main ordering station stared at
him and then looked over at one of the newest signs next to the cash
“I looked at where several people’s eyes were tracking. Then there it was, it was a sign that said ‘No Gay Eating Here’.”
Not wanting to make a scene, Quinns-Smith quickly walked up to the
stand where he had always been able to order his food. The server who
had taken his order and brought him his food for years stood there in
front of him and asked, “How can we help?”
“What is wrong. What is this sign meaning,” Quinns-Smith asked, feeling uncomfortable as eyes rested on him.
“It means you and your boyfriend can’t come eating in here no more,
unless you find God,” a customer seated offered a response before staff
“You need to find God and the Bible,” someone else yelled out. The floodgates were open.
“We don’t want your germs on the silverware.” ”Just repent son, you
can still be forgiven and be normal.” ”Being gay is not natural. It is
not God’s way.”
Quinns-Smith ran from the restaurant, utterances from the customers
making him absolutely horrified and uncomfortable. When he closed the
door behind him, he saw the sign boldly positioned on the front door,
right above business hours, “Service Refused to Gay Couples.”
Quinns-Smith had not even noticed it when he walked in.
While he does not plan to return to the restaurant, Quinns-Smith is
worried that so many people in town were so bold to talk him down about
his lifestyle and that the restaurant was supporting their views,
telling him he needs ‘Jesus and to read his Bible’ and to just ‘stop
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The Kansas House of Representatives recently passed a bill with a 73-49 vote that allows government workers and businesses the right to refuse services to gay couples.
Fortunately, the bill lost traction in the Kansas Senate, but it is
still alive and could become law in the state. The story of this
restaurant will become reality for more gay couples across the state,
facing an unprecedented showing of ignorance that has unfortunately
reached back from the turbulent 1960s and into our modern age of
When Johnny Quinns-Smith hopped back into his car, his fiance was surprised. “Where’s our lunch?”
“I had to explain to him, that because we are a gay couple, some
people already felt they had the right to deny us any service, and that
included getting an egg salad sandwich so we could eat outside for lunch
and enjoy a rarely warm winter’s day.”
This article originally appeared on the Topekasnews
Friday, February 21, 2014
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