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Men Thought To Be Gay Couple Refused Entry To Creation Museum

Joe Sonka, of the blog Barefoot And Progressive, recounts how he and his straight male friend who were perceived by staff at the Creation Museum to be a same-sex couple, were refused entry into a "Date Night" event at the museum in Kentucky. This is what Sonka was told by museum staff:

Creat They explained to us that the Creation Museum Date Night was a "Christian environment", therefore the presence of two men eating dinner together would not be allowed. The very sight of this would 'add an un-Christian element to the event" and "disrupt the evening for everyone.' The Creation Museum rep further informed us that you cannot be a Christian if you are gay, asking "can you tell me what exactly is Christian about being gay?"

When asked for the refund on our tickets, which were purchased in advance, he informed us that there would be no refund, since it said explicitly on their Website that "no gay couples would be permitted to attend their Date Night". That is certainly an interesting admission, despite the fact that it isn't true.

Nowhere on the museum's website does it state that admission to the museum will be denied to gay couples. Tickets to the date night cost $71. Louisville's LEO Weekly has published an account by one of the friends who accompanied Sonka imcluding a reaction from one of the museum's security guards.

As both LEO and Sonka point out, the museum will allow admission to murderers. Jeffrey D. Bornhoeft, an Ohio man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting death of his ex-wife's husband, was granted a court approved visit to Kentucky so he can visit the museum. It is his first trip outside of the state since the trial in 2000.

Last summer, Jason Lisle, a representative for the museum, said about gay couples: "I don't think we would kick them out for [holding hands in the museum]."

Watch a BBC report about the museum, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. they weren't gay, they were perceived to be gay by security.

    Posted by: EO | Feb 13, 2011 1:33:55 PM

  2. Religion Poisons Everything!!! The world would be a much better place without religion!

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 13, 2011 1:39:33 PM

  3. Hello multi million-dollar lawsuit. I think $20-$30M would send the appropriate message. :)

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 13, 2011 1:53:52 PM

  4. Why in the hell would you go to a Creation Museum on Date Night?

    That's like going to the Cock Ring to look for chicks.


    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Feb 13, 2011 2:06:38 PM

  5. What's that song they sing? "They will know we are Christians by our love?" I must have that wrong.

    Posted by: voet | Feb 13, 2011 2:14:07 PM

  6. Hasn't this museum (I use the word loosely in this case) received funding from the state? Sounds like it should become a destination spot for gays around the world. Won't that just cause a headache for the security folks.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 13, 2011 2:14:15 PM

  7. Just when the term man-date for str8 friends was gaining acceptance...

    Posted by: anon | Feb 13, 2011 2:15:16 PM

  8. But we already know they ban gays from everything. They're awful, in many ways, and this is just one of them.

    Posted by: X | Feb 13, 2011 2:23:32 PM

  9. Am I the only one completely confused by the whole thing about the dude who killed someone but wasn't guilty? Where does that fit in?

    Posted by: Jon B | Feb 13, 2011 2:36:53 PM

  10. don't they teach basic journalism skills anymore?

    Posted by: fred | Feb 13, 2011 2:41:09 PM

  11. @Jon B -- I think it's in there to make the case that if they'll allow a murderer to attend but not gays, that speaks volumes. Apparently having gays at their events wouldn't be very Christian-like. But a murderer? Come on in!

    Posted by: Eaves | Feb 13, 2011 2:54:11 PM

  12. They are far-left agitators clearly looking to spoil an event for others, I'm glad they were kicked out and lost their money. Losers.

    Posted by: ron | Feb 13, 2011 3:07:22 PM

  13. I'm starting to think that conservatism causes dementia.

    Posted by: Danny | Feb 13, 2011 3:15:40 PM

  14. @Ron: don't you have a toilet? Why do you come here to take a dump?

    Posted by: Danny | Feb 13, 2011 3:16:25 PM

  15. Silly Christians, science is for the gays!

    Posted by: Joshua | Feb 13, 2011 3:22:17 PM

  16. Gosh, there go my summer holiday plans...

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 13, 2011 3:22:37 PM

  17. Why would anybody waste $71 to go there?!!

    Posted by: Tony Tone | Feb 13, 2011 3:44:46 PM


    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 13, 2011 4:12:25 PM

  19. The guys weren't gay. Straight, single, "christian" men. Amazing! I can't wait for the next evangie-fundie, bag-head, right-winger to say that they are not bigoted. Here it is: Exhibit A Front and Center. Assholes.

    I have two friends who went (straight, married couple) from up north, Ohio. They were asked to leave because they were "disruptive". Seems they went out of curiosity and then couldn't stop laughing at some of the exhibits because they were so ridiculous.

    They left, gladly, still laughing.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 13, 2011 4:21:17 PM

  20. I now look at that picture, "The Last Supper" in a whole new light. Do you think . . .? Could it be . . .?!

    Posted by: Peterscribe | Feb 13, 2011 5:07:18 PM

  21. Why would someone even want to go to such a museum?

    Posted by: BosGuy | Feb 13, 2011 5:17:50 PM

  22. You couldnt pay ME $71 to go to that Museum of Ignorance.

    Posted by: Effie Ewe | Feb 13, 2011 5:20:20 PM

  23. Because JESUS certainly wouldn't allow gay people in his house of worship - hey, wait a minute.....

    Posted by: steve | Feb 13, 2011 5:21:54 PM

  24. Christianism at it's worst.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 13, 2011 5:59:55 PM

  25. Why would anyone go to this museum on a dinner date anyway? How pathetic and sad is that? People in Kentucky must be incredibly desperate for something to do after taking the Jack Daniels distillery tour.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | Feb 13, 2011 7:05:00 PM

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