Toomey Cornered on Gay Discrimination Laws

Salon plays “gotcha” with the senator at conservative gathering.

In the wake of aborted attempts in Kansas and Arizona to pass “religious freedom” laws that would permit businesses to discriminate against gay customers, liberal online magazine Salon has been cornering prominent conservatives to get their views on the matter. Thursday, the magazine got to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator, Pat Toomey.

Asked Thursday morning whether it should be legal for a hotel to turn away a couple because they’re gay, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey told Salon, “I haven’t given that any thought.” Salon’s question was one of several asked by reporters as Toomey walked to his car following an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference. As Salon and other outlets attempted to ask follow-up questions, Toomey told the crowd, “Have a nice day. Take care.”

But even Salon concedes it’s tough to nail Tommey down as an anti-gay bigot: “Asked over email to elaborate on whether the senator believes a hotel or restaurant should be allowed to turn away customers because they’re gay, a Toomey spokesperson responded only that the senator “has supported efforts to address discrimination based on sexual orientation,” including ENDA and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.””

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  • Noh8

    You’re a gay baker who’s been asked to bake a cake for the losers at Westboro Baptist Church, who are virulently anti gay. Should you have the right to refuse them?

    If you say yes, then you have no right to criticize religious bakers or photographers who disagree with you. It’s literally the exact same thing. You both disapprove of the other’s lifestyle choices.

    I get that it’s upsetting, but it’s also upsetting the Klan has freedom of assembly too. Or since we agree the klan is hateful, we should just groupthink away their rights as well?

    Of course, a rational person not hell bent on ruining a bakers livelihood might simply decide to go elsewhere for a cake, respecting that hate and religious beliefs are not synonymous-but since leftism is basically a secular religion that preaches/pays lip service to Tolerance and Diversity, seeing those who don’t agree as being forced to kneel before them or else.

    • Jane Yavis

      If “IF” was a horse you could ride to work.

  • kevin72132003

    Good point Noh8. Can a Jewish photographer refuse to shoot a neo-nazi event? Can a black party planner refuse to provide services for a KKK celebration?