I saw the article about the gay couple getting thrown out of a pub a day or so ago and I see that it is still rumbling on. In this instance, the response being pretty much that it is the landlord’s gaff and he makes the rules. If you don’t like the rules, go elsewhere. Which was my gut feeling on reading the original story when these two were whining to the press about how hard done by they were. You’d almost think they were the only people ever to be kicked out of a pub.
In essence, they were kissing and the landlord told them to stop or leave, They acknowledge that it was a polite request. It appears that they chose to ignore the polite request and were subsequently asked to leave. Whereupon much righteous beating of chests went on, including a rush to twatter, Friendface and the papers – accompanied of course, with the cry of homophobic bullying. Now for all we know, the landlord finds all kissing objectionable, whoever is doing it. Maybe he only objects when it is same sex couples, we don’t know. We do know that the police – who clearly have sorted out all the crime in London, so have plenty of time on their hands – are investigating this heinous crime on the part of the the landlord and I expect that we will see a court case in the not too distant future. And we will be treated to endless whining on the part of the two aggrieved kissers, followed by a smug-in when the landlord is convicted.
Ultimately though, the landlord has every right – or, in a civilised society, he damned well should have – to decide what he will or will not allow on his property. Personally, I find all public displays of affection discomforting. I don’t do it myself and prefer others not to indulge in my presence. Therefore, if I was the landlord, I’d have done exactly the same – no matter what the protagonists keep in their underpants or where they decide to put it.
Mr Williams said: “We had been kissing but my hands and James’s hands were above the table so I don’t think it’s really a problem.”
“Should I be stopped from kissing my partner in public just because I am not in a supposedly gay area?”
If you are on private property and the owner objects, yes.
“That is just utterly wrong, surely. We shouldn’t ghettoise people.”
No one is ghettoising you. You got thrown out of a pub because the landlord didn’t like the cut of your jib. Join the club and grow up. try another pub. Tell your mates to do likewise. It’s what I did.
Meanwhile, hundreds of gay rights’ protesters are planning a “kiss-in” at the pub in response to the alleged ejection.