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Arkansas Cafe Says No to Equality Group's Fundraiser, Compares Them to the KKK


Richard Hodo, the owner of Sisters Gourmet Bistro in Van Buren, canceled a planned fundraiser by River Valley Equality Center, a local LGBT rights group, after he found out who they were, ABC4029 reports:

"I told them that I do not support their cause, that if they want to do that that's their business. I do not care, but I don't support their lifestyle and their cause," said Hodo.

The organization said they raise awareness for the gay and lesbian community in the River Valley.

"What I told the lady on the on the phone, look I said if the KKK came here and wanted to hold a fundraiser rally and all that, I wouldn't allow that either," said Hodo.

Check out the video interview here.

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  1. What's with conservatives and horrible analogies?

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 8, 2013 6:58:15 PM

  2. Yep, another angry old white man.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 8, 2013 7:11:23 PM

  3. Nothing will top Santorum's classic "gay marriage is like a napkin" analogy

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 8, 2013 7:23:42 PM

  4. This people are dwindling by the day. Time will take care of this bigot.

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 8, 2013 7:34:44 PM

  5. Well I can't say he doesn't have a right to refuse political events from being hosted there. Yes, he made a KKK analogy, but I think he was just using a convenient example that is easily thought up without much concern to sensitivity of others. Maybe he does equate the two, but maybe he doesn't, I would like a followup.

    Posted by: Ben M | Feb 8, 2013 7:44:48 PM

  6. That analogy isn't that far off. Why should this guy welcome this group holding a function at his establishment that celebrated their beliefs, but then not be expected to be as accomodating of a white surpremist group wanting to come in and doing the same thing?

    Equal is equal, right?

    Posted by: JDE | Feb 8, 2013 7:45:45 PM

  7. Look, Mama! A dinosaur!

    Posted by: Leeroy Faubus | Feb 8, 2013 7:51:32 PM

  8. Any relation to David "Village People Construction Worker" Hodo? Just asking.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 8, 2013 7:57:29 PM

  9. JDE, I guess I got confused with the so many conservative nutjob dumbasses that have been saying gay rights groups are bullies and are as bad as the KKK/holocaust/Stalin etc.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 8, 2013 8:07:33 PM

  10. anyone stupid enough to make that analogy will likely drown during the next big rainstorm anyway.

    Posted by: fanboi | Feb 8, 2013 8:15:39 PM

  11. Except one of those organizations is about bigotry and hatred and the other is about equality and people loving each other. Yes quite the same thing isn't it, loser.

    Posted by: mikey | Feb 8, 2013 8:15:43 PM

  12. Legally he is right (there were refused based on political ideology, not sexual orientation). But comparing advocating for human rights, with denying people rights and lynching them is still not a good idea.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 8, 2013 8:23:55 PM

  13. This. Again. I'm sure the protesters are furiously blowing up his Yelp.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Feb 8, 2013 8:40:12 PM

  14. although it may make his decision too easy a target for mockery,i can see his point.

    let me get this on the table first, i am a die hard bleeding heart liberal, and i believe the constitution, despite the manner it is currently abused by our legislators, NOT our judiciary, is as close to a genius document as exists.

    that said, i STILL think he has a point, and in his mind he isn't thinking of goodness of heart or intentions, but likening, in his mind, two polar opposites. i think the only candidate for a lefty pole that might supplant a group striving for equality is the ACLU and even that breaks in their favor fully a third of the time. he didn't refuse to seat them, or serve them food, he refused to HOST them operating a fund-raiser. if i don't want to be forced to host a klan rally, he ought not be forced to host a gay rights rally. sometimes the right to freedom of association trumps the right to assemble, ie namby. the key word is host, and i believe their might be a great many viewpoints his restaurant might wish to not be associated with... to the extent choosing not hosting any primarily lobbying or political group.

    call me if he turns down a wedding...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 8, 2013 8:51:46 PM

  15. LOL look at the trolls on this site
    "equal is equal right" is only an argument a hetero bigot makes comparing homophobia with being for something.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Feb 8, 2013 9:02:26 PM

  16. Hi trolls! Welcome to our gay site. I know we gays are so fabulous that you fixate on us and even come on our blogs to read about our stories. And comment on them every day. We can't help our gay urges much like you.

    Posted by: Greg | Feb 8, 2013 9:03:50 PM

  17. We've become so accustomed to homophobia as a society that even on gay comments section, people fiercely defend the homophobe.
    The question then becomes: if he denied a hispanic caucas or african american, would you all still be as passionate in defending him? I'd venture to say no. So the othe question is, why do some of you feel racism is not acceptable but homophobia should be?

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Feb 8, 2013 9:06:58 PM

  18. First of all its Arkansas so I seriously doubt that there is a law about discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
    Second I would give him a little bit of a pass because of his age... There was certainly KKK in Arkansas when he was young, and he did not go off on some phony Jesus diatribe.
    Third where was the brain of somebody who booked without double checking the restaurant because it in Arkansas not San Francisco

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 8, 2013 9:07:12 PM

  19. If your initial response to reading this story is defending this man, mentioning his rights first then making slippery slope arguments all while still defending him, please recognize your homophobia. It's there. I assure you. And you should try your best to examine it further and try to resolve it.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Feb 8, 2013 9:12:23 PM

  20. The same people defending this man for kicking out a peaceful gay fundraiser are the SAME exact people who in other posts about bakers denying same sex couples cakes and any bakers goods say "well, that the gay couples problem! Go find a gay friendly bakery"
    For you see, the apologist crowd never ever hold the homophobe accountable. Accountability always falls on the gay people to go out of their way to find a place that will accept them, even if it means driving 6 hours to another city to get services. Homophobia is an ugly thing y'all and even worse when gay people endorse it.

    Posted by: 2 Dads | Feb 8, 2013 9:16:02 PM

  21. So for those who claim his religion should protect him from allowing this. Can't I make the argument that if that's okay, then so to should be a restaurant that doesn't want to serve a gay couple after finding out they are a couple. How would you feel about that? I mean said restaurant owner could easily make the same argument "serving a same sex couple in my establishment goes against my religion. I refuse to have anything to do with it" and what about a hotel or bed & breakfest that doesn't want to allow entry to a gay couple because of their religious beliefs.
    Should gay people in some parts of the country literally take road trips for hours before being able to be granted permission and access to some establishments. Whether realized or not, that's exactly what you are porposing.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Feb 8, 2013 9:19:57 PM

  22. Of course you wouldn't let the KKK meet at your cafe. They already meet at your house.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 8, 2013 9:22:54 PM

  23. I wonder who Hodo thought the River Valley Equality Center was when he booked it in the first place? Guess we'll never know.

    Posted by: Jess | Feb 8, 2013 9:24:17 PM

  24. Bob
    Don't you get it? That gay people have to call places and seek premission to enter 'or else' is what is wrong with this picture. And being all too flippant about it and almost suggesting homophobia should be a way of life, depending on where you live, exasperates the problem and does absolutely zero to challenge and confront homophobia. Moving on and picking a new place isn't the answer. Shedding light on homophobia, whereever it may be is the answer. Every pocket of anti gay situations can be a teachable moment.

    Posted by: Carlos | Feb 8, 2013 9:33:10 PM

  25. @ Bob
    What about the story of the gay straight alliance of a local school in Nevada meeting at an ice cream shop; they were sitting in a corner like any other group of patrons, when the owner noticed they all had the same rainbow flag outside their binders. When he came over and asked what they were doing and they simply said, just sharing notes and organizing for a gay straight event, they were asked to leave and refused service. What do you say to that?

    Posted by: T.J | Feb 8, 2013 9:36:12 PM

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