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Gay men ejected from public recreation center because the Bible said it was OK

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Kentucky Equality Federation on Monday condemned Hazard, Ky., Pavilion for ejecting two gay men from their facility, because the Bible said they could.

A maintenance technician told the couple and the group present “we own this place and can tell you to leave if we want to.”

The men, who were not identified, had been swimming at the Hazard Pavilion with a group from Mending Hearts Inc., which provides care to people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

“The Pavilion staff immediately entered the pool area and asked my clients and their staff to leave the Pavilion,” Shirlyn Perkins, executive director of Mending Hearts, said in a news release issued Monday by the Kentucky Equality Federation. She said her staff “were informed that ‘gay people’ weren’t allowed to swim there.”

Perkins said Mending Hearts staff members argued that their clients were being discriminated against, but the Pavilion staff member “stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it.”

City attorney, Paul Collins said that a lifeguard said he saw the two men repeatedly hugging and kissing in a corner of the pool.

Will Taylor, the Equality Federation’s assistant regional director for Southern Kentucky, said he is planning a protest of city hall and the Pavilion unless “an official apology” is issued and “immediate corrective action” is taken.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. Huh?

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:16pm
  2. Fuck the bible.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:17pm
  3. shouldn’t the title say “rejected”

    other than that, damn them..what the hell man!!!!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:18pm
  4. Wait, what? Huh?

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:18pm
  5. oh that darn bible! all those big words and flowery language and all those people who claim to follow with the literacy of 4 year old monkeys… Stick to using it for rolling papers, ignorati!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:18pm
  6. Wtf

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:19pm
  7. and people refuse to accept the black civil rights as similiar to ours.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:19pm
  8. I want them to show me EXACTLY ehere it says its ok in the bible. Cause last time I checked it doesn’t.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:19pm
  9. exactly! WTF

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:20pm
  10. WTF is this shit? Seriously? If ANY book tells you its okay to treat someone else less, there better be some damn good credentials to prove that book is absolutely flawless, and the bible is the farthest thing from that. Add to that the fact that the translators themselves lacked credentials, and you got yourself a mess. WHY DOES NO ONE SEE THIS AND STILL BLINDLY FOLLOW A 2000 YEAR OLD BOOK?!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:22pm
  11. A friend of mine had this on his wall: “Thank You Neil Eloy”;
    Using religion and a bible to hate, discriminate, belittle and bring evil into the world is a disgrace and a dishonor to even the most vague sense of God. The hypocrisy that always seems to follow is even more revolting.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:22pm
  12. I really hope in the bible somewhere it says stupid ignorant bigots are required to punch themselves in the balls repetitively!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:24pm
  13. Though shall reject gays from public recreation centers!
    Yeah I’ve seen that somewhere in the bible… Right next to the part about slaves and talking trees and bushes and whatnot.
    Haha grow a pair. Wait, first grow some normal organs like a heart or a brain. People these days… It’s like we are de-evolving I swear.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:35pm
  14. It is in-humane, close minded and cruel, for people to be discarded like this due to their sexual orientation, what is even worse is that in the 21st century, certain people believe that if they quote an ancient book everything is okay. Society’s obsession with whom we sleep with needs to stop, there are more pressing matters to attend to and it is plain wrong that discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation is still alive it needs to stop!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:38pm
  15. Got to love Xitian bigots…….

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:40pm
  16. Omfg I’m geting sick of all these religion freaks we are people too get that straight and what kind of christians r they to throw out belivers I have nothing rong with people that do belive but we r hear and we will not be silenced

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:41pm
  17. I highly doubt the men in question would put themselves in jeopardy by making out in the corner of a pool. I feel like that was made up on the spot to justify the actions of the homophobe. However, if that is true, I agree that they should have been removed. It’s just not classy, regardless of sexual orientation, to do that at a public pool. But that should have been stated as the reason for their ejection. By throwing the Bible in the mix, the owners of the establishment lost all credibility in this situation.

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:41pm
  18. Yahoo preachers they can put something up they rear

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:44pm
  19. :( How does this constitute being a Christian.. Makes no sense…..

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 10:45pm
  20. Why are we fighting this war of ideas in america? Nobody is right or wrong. Everyone has their own reality. I won’t tell you how to live your life, so return the favor or shut up! The only reason we need more laws is because other people want to force their reality on me. That’s unnatural and immoral! What you done to me… Already done to you! The bible is but one book, there are many many others to learn from!

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11:02pm
  21. What’s next seperate water fountains saying straight only and stores saying homo’s need not apply??

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 11:52pm
  22. If Christ were to return, Christians would be the first to nail His Holy Ass back up on that cross! To most Christians the Bible is a spiritual buffet from which they can pick and choose the things that fit conveniently into their miserable, little lives, while disregarding the rest!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 12:18am
  23. Once more, this blog shows its complete and total bias by refusing to divulge this story in its entirety. The original article states that there is a lot of hearsay, and a discrepancy of facts from both sides. And it seems that with no objective witnesses either way, we could just as well assume that they were politely asked to leave per standard procedure of this rec facility.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 1:11am
  24. Hm, there seems to be something not quite right about this article…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 3:21am
  25. Sorry folks, no love and kindness allowed here. Hate and animosity are ok. It’s all in the Bible so get the fuck out.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 4:01am
  26. I think that if anything, they should have been asked to leave due to inappropriate display of affection in a public setting. The staff should not have told them to leave because of their sexual preference, and should not have used the Bible to back up their senseless arguments.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 9:23am
  27. Really? The bible says it’s okay to do this? The bible also says a lot of stupid things we don’t generally take as creditable these days. I call it selective interpretation. The bible also says to love thy neighbor even if your neighbor is gay or LGBT. People suck.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:17am
  28. There’s more to this story that’s being conveniently left out. From the neutral website Kentucky.com:

    “The city’s attorney, however, said the facility does not discriminate, and ‘there is a dispute as to the facts of what transpired.’”

    Not surprising. What was left out? Let’s see…

    “Paul Collins, the city’s attorney, said that he is still investigating, but based on initial information, “there seems to be a wide disparity between the versions of the events.”

    Collins said a lifeguard said he saw the two men repeatedly hugging and kissing in a corner of the pool.

    ‘The staff at the Pavilion report to me that they do on some regular basis caution or warn individuals about excessive public displays of affection and that these warnings are given regardless of sexual orientation,’ Collins said.”

    Fascinating. I take it he’s saying they were engaging in this behavior inside of the pool. If true, the staff was justified in ejecting the lewd couple and those of you playing the “gay card” owe these people, and the entire state of Kentucky, an apology.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:25am
  29. Wow complete bull, hope they sue!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 5:43pm
  30. Having some small familiarity with Biblical passages is considered something of a requirement in my line of work… and try as I might I simply cannot find a single passage in any version of the Good Book that allows a Christian to kick a gay person out of a public or private pool area. Seriously, There just isn’t ANY mention of it! Not a one! In fact I can’t even find a mention of swimming pools in the Bible at all!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 8:18pm
  31. It’s as I said below… Having some small familiarity with Biblical passages is considered something of a requirement in my line of work… and try as I might I simply cannot find a single passage in any version of the Good Book that allows a Christian to kick a gay person out of a public or private pool area. Seriously, There just isn’t ANY mention of it! Not a one! In fact I can’t even find a mention of swimming pools in the Bible at all!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 8:21pm
  32. Oh Hazard, no wonder… We’ll see what the law says about that.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 9:48pm
  33. You should do your own investigating, you don’t know the whole story to this, they are trying to make it look like a gay issue & that is not the case. Don’t believe everything you read; I guess some can be told that pigs are flying, & because they read it, then “it must be true”.

    Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 5:11pm