Landscapers refusing to work for LGBTs? Back in November 2006. when this was published, you bet, and the legality of doing that hasn’t changed. Indeed—note recent legislation passed in North Carolina and other states—this kind of discrimination is still in play and often legal. It was Elizabeth, blogging then at Gardening While Intoxicated, who brought the story to the Ranters’ attention. The original 21 comments are worth a read, especially this one by Christopher C (then in Hawaii, now in NC):
How did Miss Sabrina know Mr. Lord was one one them homa sex yulls from a phone conversation?Did the Lord say fabulous? Did the Lord say it needed to be done in six days for a fashion show? Did the Lord ask for some forbidden fruit trees?
My Sweet Lord!
Here’s Susan’s 11/06 post:
Meet Todd and Sabrina Farber, owners of Garden Guy, Inc., a Houston landscaping company. They recently created a firestorm by sending this email to a potential customer:
Subject: Cancel Appt – Garden Guy
Dear Mr. Lord,
I am appreciative of your time on the phone today and glad you contacted us. I need to tell you that we cannot meet with you because we choose not to work for homosexuals.
Best of luck in finding someone else to fill your landscaping needs.
All my best, Sabrina
All my best, my ass. Sabrina, how do you square that hateful missive with this bit of PR hoohah on your website: “Treating you with respect and honesty are the cornerstones of our reputation.” Which reputation is now being hotly debated in Houston and on blogs everywhere. Their website does show their hand, however, by promoting the “No Gay Marriage” website.
Bigots will be bigots, I suppose. But to me, the appalling part of this story is the bluntness of the bigotry and the fact that it’s perfectly legal in Texas and almost everywhere in the U.S. Should customers fight back by demanding that the designers and nurseries whose services and products they buy be equal opportunity businesspeople? We’ll be following this story.
Thanks to Elizabeth at Gardening While Intoxicated for the alert.
P.S. Links removed after reading Richard Boyd’s comment.