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Restaurant Fined for Refusing "Gay" Dog

Restaurant Fined for Refusing "Gay" Dog

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Restaurateurs in Australia who refused to serve a blind man because a waiter thought the man's guide dog was gay have been ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and write the man a written apology.

According to AdelaideNow.com.au, Ian Jolly, 57, was kicked out of the restaurant Thai Spice in a suburb of Adelaide because a server mistakenly thought he heard Jolly's partner, Chris Lawrence, say that she wanted to bring a gay dog into the restaurant.

"The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog," restaurant owners Hong Hoa Thi To and Anh Hoang Le said in a statement.

The restaurant displays a "guide dogs welcome" sign, but Jolly and Lawrence were denied entry even after providing staff with a guide dogs fact card.

The Equal Opportunity Tribunal of Australia ordered Friday that the restaurant provide Jolly with a written apology and that its staff attend an equal qpportunity education course, in addition to paying him $1500.

Read the full story here.

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