Tennessee Senator Thrown Out of Restaurant for Antigay Stance

By Nick Visser

Originally published on Advocate.com January 30 2012 6:00 PM ET

A restaurant has refused to serve Stacey Campfield, the antigay Tennessee state senator leading the charge behind the state’s “don’t say gay” bill, due to his recent string of homophobic comments.

The Knoxville eatery Bistro at the Bijou has received an outpouring of support on its Facebook page after posting that it had asked Campfield to leave after showing up for brunch.

Aside from Campfield’s backing of the bill, which would prohibit any teacher from referencing homosexuality from kindergarten through eighth grade, the senator made a slew of antigay comments during an interview this month with XM Satellite Radio’s Michelangelo Signorile.

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men,” Campfield said. “It was an airline pilot, if I recall. ... My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex ... very rarely [transmitted].”