Skip to comments.WeHo Bar To ‘Deny Entry’ To Lawmakers Who Back Anti-Gay Legislation
Posted on 02/26/2014 6:47:48 AM PST by Kazan
WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) Southern California lawmakers who support legislation to discriminate against gays and lesbians now have one less hotspot to visit in West Hollywood.
David Cooley, the founder of The Abbey Food & Bar located at 692 North Robertson Blvd., has announced the popular gay bar will add any legislator in any state who votes for bills to allow for discrimination against LGBT people to a Deny Entry List.
In a statement, Cooley said The Abbey will also display headshots of each state representative who support bills on the security list, including Kansas House Bill 2453, Arizona Senate Bill 1062, Idaho House Bill 426, Ohio House Bill 82 and other similar proposals.
I want to send a message to all those people out there who conflate Christian values with discrimination: we dont want your kind here, Cooley said. Ive learned that I cant stop crazy, ignorant or stupid, but I can stop it from coming through my doors.
The move isnt the first time The Abbey has waded into state politics: when gay marriage was still illegal in California in May 2012, the bar announced a ban on all bachelorette parties, which it called an offensive heterosexual tradition that flaunts marriage inequality.
The Abbey, which features a rainbow-colored cross as its logo and touts itself as the Best Gay Bar In The World, also called on other local restaurants, hotels, and other retailers that appreciate their LGBT customers to enact similar bans.
Illegal for the same reasons that businesses cannot deny service to homosexuals.
A crushing blow!
Why would anyone straight want to go to a gay bar?
Oh, snap! Denied entry to a faggie joint! Oh the huge manatee!!
Yes, I’m aware of the roaring double standard. Faggies routinely get away with what would get normal folks arrested in a heartbeat.
What’s next? Faggie tourists boycotting entire states!!?
Aside from gay lobby grandstanding, this means nothing.
I might just go there and proclaim I am a Christian who supports those kinds of bills. Have them refuse me service, and then head to the nearest lawyer. Hello payday.
“The Abbey, which features a rainbow-colored cross as its logo”
Blasphemy which won’t be amusing at the End. Just sayin’
It would be funny to see a church fill a gay bar and start reading Romans 1 and some other choice verses. Would that be a hate crime?
lol. Oh Lord.
Well, I’m not a lawmaker, but put my name on the list.
For the same reason gays sought out a Christian business.
To stir up crap and bully them with lawsuits
Hmmm, guess that means that other bars can “bar” those who support gay legislation, eh?
This is gonna get nasty, and I really no longer give a smelly Obama about gays...or anything they say or do.
Shove it...just keep your shoving and moaning in a soundproof room.
If you use the toilet at The Abbey Food & Bar you might catch AIDS.
Best course is to shun a queer establishment
hmmmm sounds like a lawsuit is needed to MAKE THEM serve non-gays!
By the time Obama is driven from the White House it will be against the law for parents to teach their children that homosexualism is abnormal.
Or for parents to say anything or take any action that contradicts the pro-homosexual education their children receive in the government schools.
The Feds will also require all heterosexuals to undergo Sexual Readjustment and Reorientation at a FEMA camp.
Yep, absolutley illegal, I would suggest a lawmaker go, get denied, and then sue them out of existance. Use their same tactics against them.
LOL! Oh, the irony!
Bingo! What is sauce for the activist goose, is sauce for the gander.
bwaaaaaaaaaaaa,who cares..I would not be caught in a gay bar or to any bar gay or other wise..I would be afraid of catching something if I visited such a place as a so called gay bar..
Clever bar. Free promotion, complements of CBS.
EXACTLY!It’s”Their Way Or The Highway”!!If you go along with them,you are said to be TOLERANT???????????
Not very “tolerant” of them is it?
How is it that a business owner has the constitutional right to refuse service to someone who has a right to carry a firearm...yet no one says anything. If the govt steeped in an ordered them to serve them...there would be a huge backlash...i don’t see the difference here
Cavuto got into this a-bit yesterday.
Because gays as protected minorities are defined by their feelings, gay protection laws protect their actions/behavior.
Example : No laws refuse to marry gays to gays as long as they are the opposite sex, or even to marry gays to heterosexuals. That is why this is not the same as black-white marriage discrimination.
So its OK to discriminate against those who support these religious liberty bills, but not to discriminate against those who support a gay lifestyle?
The second is protected by the 14th amendment but the first is not?
That is a how this fight should HAVE been approached to have any chance to win it.
I prefer Whataburger anyway. I have successfully stayed out of Kalifornia since 1984.
The bar owner doesn’t agree that businesses should be able to deny service and promotes this by denying service?
I have added The Abbey Food & Bar located at 692 North Robertson Blvd. to my “Deny Patronage” list.
If I can find a picture of David Cooley, I’ll start a remembrance wall (to remind me not to eat there).
What right does Mr. Cooley have to state that religious tenets constitute “discrimination?”
God is not mocked, Mr. Cooley.
How does ones behavior make one a “minority”?
Not serving people I disagree with is OK for me but not for thee.
simple , using Public opinion : By winning the PR battle by using better SOUNDING arguments.
GOPs and even so-cons have been depending on not very good arguments like ‘we believe’, which has recently morphed into ‘religious freedom’
while libs have been making a case that gays are born different through no choice of their own and their orientation is identical to race.
I never see a Republican or a so-con on TV taking that argument apart.
Go with a dozen friends of both sexes, and make sure you have your lawyer with you. You just may wind up as the owner of a gay bar. What you do with it afterwards is your business.
It may be illegal for gay bars to refuse service to Christians, but it shouldn’t be. Constitutional protections override any state or federal laws, and civil rights laws have created only more legal chaos and litigation.
Government no longer has an overriding compelling interest to force business to serve people they don’t want to serve. Freedom of association is protected by the constitution. I should not give up that right simply because I operate a business.
There are probably plenty of other gay bars available for Christians should they choose not to go to this particular one. No one’s fundamental freedoms are harmed by the gay bar’s actions, just like a homosexual couple hasn’t lost their freedom when a bakery won’t make a wedding cake for them. The constitution only protects citizens from discrimination by government, not privately owned businesses. It doesn’t give you a right to force someone else to serve you (unless that person represents the government of course).
Can you imagine the litigation that would go away if the SCOTUS spoke clearly on the constitutionally protected freedoms of association and religion as well as private property rights? As a society, we keep having to go back to the courts over and over again, because they’ve muddied the waters over something that should be nearly black and white.
I understand the civil rights era tossed out all sorts of constitutionally protected rights, because some white businesses were refusing to do business with blacks. Maybe in the day one could not buy groceries if one was black, because there was only one store and it refused to serve blacks. That’s probably not true today, because there are plenty of businesses that will serve anyone who enters the door.
That’s the bottom line here. If a private business wants to lose money by refusing to serve certain people, that should be their choice, and that is EXACTLY what will happen if some business starts turning away blacks or gays or Christians. It’s a stupid way to do business, so it will be self correcting over time (those businesses will likely cease to exist).
Again, none of this makes it OK for government to show ANY preference for anyone (like they do today...an absolute travesty) or discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or religion. Government is absolutely prevented by the constitution from treating people differently based on those constitutionally protected categories, gay being NOT one of them.
> The Abbey, which features a rainbow-colored cross as its logo
> Blasphemy which wont be amusing at the End. Just sayin
What blasphemy? The rainbow is the symbol of the covenant between God and all living things on Earth.
— Or are you going to assert that a small group of people is greater than God (and can therefore wholly re-purpose the symbol).
Too bad, courts already ruled you can’t discriminate. Serve one, serve all.
The bar proves they likes Arizona Senate Bill 1062 because they are doing what the bill calls for but try to spin it it’s a no sale for them.
hey,I’m fine with that, it’s a free country
listen up - the Constitutional meaning of a “civil right” is what THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ALLOWED TO DO
it is ONLY the government that cannot make value judgements about people, either as part of government or as part of what government does, not because in their private affairs and associations people cannot make such judgements, but because the government is everyone’s government, no matter what our differences are socially
in our private affairs and associations, and when not in any relationship with any governmental body in those affairs, we are free to make value judgements about who we will associate with, or not
the Jim Crow laws that created and enforced segregation WERE the government, and as acts of government they were contrary to the mandates of the post-Civil war Constitutional amendments, that restricted how GOVERNMENT could not discriminate - meaning, who could not be kept out of government and how the laws and enforcement of law could not discriminate, and by what distinctions they could not discriminate (nothing about “gay” in THERE)
those amendments were NOT Constitutional mandates restricting the Liberty of individuals in their private affairs and associations
exactly. Government can force a bakery to make a cake for a wedding, but this bar can discriminate because they are intolerant of opposing views.
I see a huge double standard.
LMAO! Pro-family politicians “banned” from a gay bar? My mind has just been blown. What’s next? Ban Michael Moore from a diet food store maybe?
Meant to ping you as well.
Why? In this case—lawsuit cash! Er, campaign cash? :-)
With ya all the way.!
The sheer cognitive dissonance must be making the little orgasm addicts’ heads spin.
With my luck, and of course in California my odds are higher, that I would draw an activist liberal judge who would find for them and make me pay all costs.
We no longer have the rule of law. We have the rule of politically correct power.