Stacey Campfield, Anti-Gay Tennessee Senator Kicked Out of Knoxville Restaurant

Restaurant owner Martha Biggs asked Senator Stacey Campfield to leave her restaurant in response to his support of anti-gay policies in Tennessee. “I didn’t want his hate in my restaurant,” she said. “I told him he wasn’t welcome here.” 

Campfield, the man behind Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation, recently made a number of highly offensive remarks in regard to homosexuals and HIV/AIDS:

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men… My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…” – Sen. Campfield.

Biggs says she acted in response this this recent interview.

Support for Biggs is torn, however. While many commend her for making Sen. Campfield “feel” discrimination, others don’t differentiate her discrimination from his– two wrongs don’t make a right, do they?

What’s your stance? Should Biggs have kicked Campfield out of her restaurant?


One Response

  1. What a hard question! My gut says ‘Yeah, kick him out.’ He has been and continues to be really hateful toward the LGBTQ communities and he is endangering anyone who believes his misinformation about HIV and AIDS, so it’s hard to not feel that way. But, I worry that it could cause other people who might think like Stacey Campfield and work in restaurants and businesses across the country to not serve those who they deem “unacceptable.” I would hate for things to warp into some sort of twisted regurgitation of our history of segregation (separate water fountains, bathrooms, restaurants…)
    Biggs did make quite a statement though and it has gotten attention that has left probably some people angry and maybe at least some, reconsidering what they think. Even if people don’t like what she did, everyone saw she stood up for what she believes in and that’s a powerful message. Then again, Cracker Barrel has a history of homophobic practice; they give their gay employees the boot and maybe even their customers, so maybe Biggs has the right idea. Such a tough question!
    I have to say if it was my restaurant, it would be hard to serve him.

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