If the gay community can be left hungry for our rights at least one of our opponents can be left simply hungry. Our newest hero is Martha Boggs, a restaurant owner in Knoxville, TN, who threw Senator Stacey Campfield out of her restaurant this past Sunday. Find out why tolerance is a must on the menu at this restaurant.
Poor Senator Campfield learned a valuable lesson at brunch this weekend: Leave your constituents with a bad taste in their mouths, and you’re likely not to get a taste at all. Senator Campfield, an outspoken sponsor of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom before ninth grade, made the leap to saying gays would not live as long as heterosexuals because of AIDS. That’s why when the senator came in for a casual brunch at The Bistro at the Bijou, owner Martha Boggs had no qualms about refusing service to the undesirable patron.
"I was incensed that an elected official could make such an irresponsible comment,” Boggs, who claims quite a large GLBT clientele, said of Campfield’s AIDS comment, according to the Huffington Post.
“I saw him at the front door and there was just something that made me decide to not serve him, just to make a point to him [about] how awful he has been," she explained. "I told him he wasn't welcome here and I wanted him to leave.”
The national response has been more than imagined by the owner, who admits her intention wasn’t publicity but just to make a point. If you plan on taking a trip to Knoxville we suggest make a point as well and stop in this restaurant that stands on more that bricks. Heck, we won’t even judge you for ordering the butternut squash ravioli.