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L.A. Gay Bar Owner David Cooley Discusses Their New Ban on Bachelorette Parties: VIDEO


David Cooley, the owner of popular L.A. gay bar The Abbey, joined CNN's Brooke Baldwin over the weekend to discuss his decision to ban bachelorette parties, because they are offensive to gay people who can't get married.

Baldwin asks Cooley why that wouldn't be viewed as discrimination.

Said Cooley: "It's great to see my straight women coming in and celebrating with their girlfriends...As I kept seeing this, it was hurtful to me  being gay, as well as my clientele, that we could not have that same type of a celebration."


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  1. Good for David for taking a stand and helping society understand how denying same-sex marriage is discrimination.

    Posted by: Lee | May 30, 2012 11:00:55 AM

  2. Typically I would not be for any sort of ban...but in this case, they are banning an activity not people. I had made a point before on a related thread that for all those on here decrying this is discrimination...the day that a group of 10 gay men can put on the penis hats and get wasted in a straight sports bar during a football game and grab and grope the patrons...the point is moot.
    i didnt realize how bad it can get until a couple weeks ago. I dont go out too often, but decided to go with two friends to a bar in Palm Springs called Toucans, i had been before and enjoyed myself. Hadnt been in a while. So we go on a saturday night, and my jaw hit the floor. This is not a huge bar mind you, and there were no less than 5 bacholerette parties as well as one bday. These women were already drunk at 9pm, and had commendeered the dance floor. Every table was filled. They were screaming every few minutes "im getting married!!!" Two cut in front of the line for drinks proclaiming "my friends want water...can i get water?!" As we all looked on in annoyance. When i got to the bartender...i asked... "is it some kinda girls nite tonight?" To which he rolled his eyes and sighed out..."every nite is turning into girls night."
    That about sums it up. I love my girl friends...and welcome them into any gay world im in, but that made me decide to not ho there on saturday nights any longer.

    Posted by: jt | May 30, 2012 12:05:22 PM

  3. If there aren't any legal problems with banning bachelorette parties, I say fine, ban them, and keep them from ruining the vibe in a gay bar.

    Posted by: Michael | May 30, 2012 5:30:51 PM

  4. Should straight bars be allowed to ban gays because gay people would ruin the vibe of a straight bar?

    Posted by: andrew | May 30, 2012 5:54:53 PM

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