Columbus, Ohio is not only home to the wonderful people who head the Secular Student Alliance, it’s also probably the most tolerant city in the Midwest when it comes to the LGBT population.
Of course, we have our share of not-so-tolerant individuals as well. A guy standing in line at Mikey’s Late Night Slice this past weekend didn’t take kindly to the sight of two men holding hands in line, and he decided it was his place to harass them whilst waiting for street pizza:
It was really cold so Ethan and I were holding hands and standing close together to keep warm, we were laughing and joking about all the fun we’d had that night, when all of the sudden the guy in front of us turns around and tells us to cut our “gay shit” out.
He might have got his way in another time or another place, but this sort of thing doesn’t fly here, particularly in the Short North.
I was a bit startled by his words but I didn’t expect what happened next. Almost every single person in that line made it known to him it was not OK for him to speak to us like that.
He wasn’t discouraged, and continued to rant about how disgusting it was for two men to hold hands in public. This attracted the attention of the pizza truck’s proprietors:
The best part though was as he grew more irate and vocal the guys who work the truck stopped what they were doing and leaned towards the window and told him they would not serve him because he was spewing hate. They said they support everyone in our community and that he should get out of line because they would not be serving him.
I don’t doubt that this guy feels like he was being discriminated against for his beliefs, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing comments to that effect from the religious right (though I have resolved to stop reading the comments section on news articles). That’s bollocks. He was refused service for harassing other customers who were minding their own business. Any shopkeeper has the right to do what Late Night Slice did, and I applaud them for doing so.