Well, two such B-and-B's--the Beall Mansion in Alton and the TimberCreek B&B in Paxton--refused to rent them space because they don't rent party space or cater events for gay couples. The owner of the Beall Mansion said, "At this point we will just be doing traditional weddings” and not civil unions.
In an e-mail reply to Wathen, Jim Walder of the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast said: “We will never host same-sex civil unions. We will never host same-sex weddings even if they become legal in Illinois. We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it. If that is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate. The Bible does not state opinions, but facts. It contains the highest laws pertinent to man. It trumps Illinois law, United States law, and global law should there ever be any.”
He was probably eating shellfish while writing this nonsense, and wearing his mixed fabric outfit and planning on where to get his next tattoo while doing so, but didn't seem to notice the hypocrisy.
But then Walder took it a step further and began sending emails to Todd Wathen and his partner that included links to Bible passages, saying, “Hi Todd, I know you may not want to hear this, but I thought I would send along a couple of verses in Romans 1 detailing how the Creator of the Universe looks at the gay lifestyle. It’s not to late to change your behavior.”
And, Jim Walder of the TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast, it's not too late for you to change your behavior.
Todd Walthen was pissed. “If they’d just sent the e-mail back and said, ‘Hey, I’m uncomfortable with this,’ or ‘I wouldn’t be the best (place) for this, but I wish you luck’,” the couple wouldn’t have minded being turned down. But, "they don’t have a right to talk to us like that.”
Todd Walthen and his partner hired a lawyer. They filed complaints with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Department of Human Rights alleging violations of the Illinois Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by businesses open to the public.
You don't like The Gays, or The Blacks or The Jews or The Muslims, turn your business into a private, members only business and surround yourself with bigots like yourself. But when you open a business to make a living serving The Public, the serve The Public.
And if you choose to discriminate against anyone, for any reason, well, then, I'll be happy to write about it, and other bloggers will write about it, and news sources will pick it up, and then, soon, there'll be a Facebook page and a Twitter conversation, and the Beall Mansion of Alton and the TimberCreek B&B in Paxton will start losing money because most people don't like to frequent businesses that discriminate.
I just got a message from Todd Wathen via Facebook and thought I'd share it, and a picture of Todd and his partner Mark, that they've allowed me to share:
We just wanted to thank you about your article on your blog....very well said.......but the reason my partner Mark didn't come out at the time was because of his work.....he was planing on doing so after our civil union, because of putting me on his insurance.....but he told his work yesterday.....and it was great....they are supporting us 100%....at least something is going right.....but here is a picture now of both of us.....if you would like to use it......Todd Wathen
|Todd and Mark|