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Lesbian Couple Told They Are Unwelcome at Public Park in Kentucky, Asked to Leave

A lesbian couple expecting a child were asked to leave E.C. Million Park in Richmond, Kentucky while having a maternity photo shoot over the weekend after one of their companions was told "those type of people were not welcome" there, the Richmond Register reports:

ChenaultCheri Chenault and her partner, Destiny Keith, are expecting a baby boy on Sept. 29, and they were having maternity pictures taken by Jessica Miller-Poole, owner of 13 Wishes Photography.

“I had picked one of the flowers (in the park) and was going to use it in the picture,” Miller- Poole said. “The gatekeeper said we were not able to pick the flowers. He left, and we continued to take pictures.”

Miller-Poole then said she asked the couple if they wanted a picture of them kissing.

“They were a little reluctant, and they kissed so quickly that I wasn’t even able to take a picture of it,” she said.

After that, the park gatekeeper approached them again.

“He said that we had to leave and that it was inappropriate,” Miller-Poole said.

Miller-Poole’s husband accompanies her on all photo shoots, she said.

“He talked to the man and said that if it was because they were two women, that he wanted to know,” Miller-Poole said. “The man said, ‘Those type of people were not welcomed there,’” she said. “My husband ended up getting very angry and had to walk away.”

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  1. Really, ladies, you let a gatekeeper run you off? I would have laughed in his face.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 12, 2012 3:45:33 PM

  2. E.C. Million Memorial Park, phone 859-624-5935, manager Adam Arvin

    Posted by: dondub.757 | Jul 12, 2012 4:42:32 PM

  3. It's not like the entire town disapproved. It appears to be just one jerk.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 12, 2012 5:04:03 PM

  4. Apparently it's a privately owned park, not a public park. Otherwise it would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

    Posted by: I hate gays | Jul 12, 2012 5:12:40 PM

  5. Folks, what the gatekeeper did is, by Kentucky law, *NOT ILLEGAL.*

    From the article:

    The problem, according to Richmond Human Rights Chairperson Sandra Anez-Powell, is that what the gatekeeper did is not illegal in Kentucky.

    “It is legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation here in Richmond,” Anez-Powell said. “They can be kicked out of public places, fired from their jobs and denied housing, a right that heterosexual people like me enjoy. The local human rights commission has fought for the last four years to protect the rights of every human being, but the Richmond City Commissioners have chosen to table this issue. The last administration did the same.”

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Jul 12, 2012 6:09:55 PM

  6. Well, if she's pregnant, she's forfeited the right to call herself a lesbian.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 12, 2012 6:57:16 PM

  7. Sarcasm Jason?

    What's with the "I hate gays" name??

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 12, 2012 7:07:42 PM

  8. Ignoring Jason's comment, this is horrific but as has been stated, not much legal leeway the couple has. Boycott and community/national attention and condemnation is the answer in this case. Also make sure to call the manager of this park and send emails voicing your displeasure.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 12, 2012 7:14:08 PM

  9. GeorgeM, what are you so confused about?

    I hate gays.

    Posted by: I hate gays | Jul 12, 2012 7:23:49 PM

  10. GeorgeM, what are you so confused about?

    I hate gays.

    Posted by: I hate gays | Jul 12, 2012 7:23:54 PM

  11. Why are you here?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 12, 2012 7:43:22 PM

  12. Enlighten Us (eye roll)
    Why do you hate gays?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 12, 2012 7:48:20 PM

  13. If it is a public space, they should have told the "gatekeeper" to F-off!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Jul 12, 2012 8:03:44 PM

  14. it's a private part per the article - "privately owned E.C. Million Memorial Park" - don't mislead readers with inaccurate headlines

    Posted by: Chloe87 | Jul 12, 2012 8:56:15 PM

  15. That makes no sense Jason. Because she's a lesbian, she's not longer female? Does that mean that gay men can't be fathers either?

    Posted by: Laura | Jul 12, 2012 9:22:22 PM

  16. If you want to spend the rest of your life defending this crap be my guest. Welcome to the gay future. Gender fu-k rules the day.

    Posted by: Peter | Jul 12, 2012 9:57:38 PM

  17. What's the damage peter

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 12, 2012 10:18:37 PM

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  19. This is a terrible situation because no one would want their pregnant partner or friend to be at risk if one refused to leave. The gatekeeper would call the police and then there is the risk she would be shot with a taser gun, roughed up, or worse.

    The best thing we can do is protest after the fact and hope public pressure will affect change. Although in Kentucky, I would not be too optimistic.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Jul 12, 2012 10:59:24 PM

  20. They were tax paying America citizens in a public park, they need to get lawyers and sue the park for making them leave for being gay. This is the kind of thing the white Christians would tell the blacks, you blacks are not welcome here in parts of America, when they all have rights, black and LGBT people. Blacks still do not have it so good and you know that is the truth, they need to work with the LGBT people to get all of the right they deserve as tax paying American citizens.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 12, 2012 11:04:12 PM

  21. There are, apparently, 2 E.C. Million parks in Richmond, KY, and these ladies were in the privately owned one.

    As much as it pains me to admit it, the owner / representative was within his legal rights to ask them to leave, as it's private property.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Jul 13, 2012 11:25:02 AM

  22. it is a private park. nothing about this is illegal.

    Posted by: sb | Jul 13, 2012 3:55:40 PM

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