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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:06 PM
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Boystown Gay Bar Bans Bachelorette Parties
CHICAGO (AP) -- Bar owner Geno Zaharakis sat one busy evening at the window of his gay nightclub, watching as groups of straight women celebrating bachelorette parties made their way along a strip of bars in Chicago's gay-friendly "Boystown" neighborhood.

That's when he made a decision now posted for all to see: "No Bachelorette Parties."

Though the small sign has been there for years, it's suddenly making a big statement amid the national debate over gay marriage. While most gay bars continue to welcome the raucous brides to be, Zaharakis's bar Cocktail is fighting for what he sees as a fundamental right, and his patrons - along with some peeved bachelorettes - are taking notice.

"I'm totally losing money because of it, but I don't want the money," Zaharakis said. "I would rather not have the money than host an event I didn't believe in."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/15/boystown-gay-b...
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:09 PM
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1. Before you get all riled up, read the previous posts here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

It might avoid rehashing this all over again.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:10 PM
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2. Buzzkill
:mad:
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:32 PM
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3. OK, this is a story i'm just gonna stay well away from.
I honestly don't know what the hell to think about this story.

I'm gonna bookmark this, and then back away slowly, without comment.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:55 PM
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4. I totally get it. Good for him. I briefly considered a discount for gays
only at my practice (and I'm straight - how's that?) as a show of solidarity. I don't think it would be illegal, but it bears more looking into.

If it's not illegal to discriminate AGAINST them, how could it be illegal to discriminate in their favor?
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Party Person Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 06:59 PM
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5. This is just wrong
From what I understand They are actually barring women at the door from entering the premises. As far as I know, that's illegal discrimation.
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taterguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 07:02 PM
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6. Was it wrong when the Cave barred bar golfers?
What's the difference?
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 07:05 PM
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7. They are not barring women - they are barring
a particular kind of party (the composition of which may include women, men, gay, straight, married, and single).

Discrimination is only illegal when it is directed against members of a protected class. Attendees at a bachelorette party are not a protected class (particularly since there is no reason, in this day and age, to assume that only members of one gender or sexual orientation will be involved).
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DefenseLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-21-09 07:08 PM
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8. I understand the sentiment
But it is obviously illegal to bar women from a public accommodation.
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