Gay Issues

"Gay" Couple Barred from Creation Museum Event

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

So it turns out creationists are also anti-gay -- a same-sex couple was denied entry to a Date Night event at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. And to add insult to injury, they didn't even get a refund for their tickets.

According to Jonathan Meador, who is a writer for the Louisville-based LEO Weekly alternative newspaper, he, his female guest and another man were waiting to enter the event on February 11th. When the other man, Joe Sonka, told security personnel that the date for whom he was waiting was another man, they were told they would not be allowed in.

Meador and his female date were allowed to attend. "On the website, there was no mention of sexual orientation," he said.

However, Mark Looy, chief communications officer for the Creation Museum, said it was clear from the promotional material that the event was for heterosexual couples only.

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"The message was one of Christian marriage, which the Bible teaches is between a man and a woman," Looy said.

Meador admitted that Sonka had posted a blog entry in January saying that it was the patriotic duty of his readers to send a flamboyantly gay couple to the event.

Looy said that message suggests the group was looking to provoke an incident.

"We are not going to allow anyone to come to a private event and be disruptive," Looy said. "It's not fair to the other people who also paid to attend the event. We welcome anyone to come to the Creation Museum during regular business hours because we want all people to be exposed to our message."

Meador denied that the group was looking for a confrontation, claiming they attended the event out of curiosity.

"It is telling, however, that they equate gayness and flamboyance with disruption," Meador said.

Meador said to his knowledge neither Sonka nor his male guest are gay.

They did not receive a refund of the $71.90 cost for the two tickets they had purchased online.