If you haven’t seen the comments on the Victorian Inn in the blog below, you’ll want to read them. More are added all the time.
As a native of Abilene said to me…”We give the Potters a very wide berth!”
I’d think one ought to be very careful before recommending the Victorian Inn as a place to stay without informing individuals of the disposition of the owners, Adrian and Jay Potter, who discriminate against gays and lesbians. This is not only hurtful and offensive to gays, it is hurtful and offensive to straights who have gay friends and gay family members…and who assume everyone should be treated equally and decently. Kansans tend to be conservative, but the Potters have gone way over the edge of decency.
The Eisenhower Library has a group of volunteers who help researchers who come there from all around the world. They do wonderful work in transporting people around, getting them acquainted with Abilene and generally welcoming them in every way possible so visitors will return. They have unwittingly sent gays and lesbians to the Victoria Inn where they have been dehumanized by the Potters who have told them if they allowed gays they’d have to allow guests to have sex with dogs. They said God and the Bible say they have to discriminate against homosexuals. This should offend everyone, gays and straights alike and it should stop the Eisenhower volunteers and others from recommending this place to visitors.
Gays and lesbians not only represent a sizable percentage of our work force and buying public but it is they who stay at B and B’s across the nation, not the religious right. Many B and B’s are owned by gay and lesbian couples so one just assumes there aren’t significant issues of acceptance. The Victorian Inn is a notable exception.
Once everyone in Kansas is entitled to the same rights and privileges, there will be no place for the Potters to wield their big God-fearing stick of righteousness over others.
As a change of pace, you’ll want to see James Galea’s Best Card Trick Ever.This just has me baffled.
The world is hotter than ever. March, April, May and June set records, making 2010 the warmest year worldwide since record keeping began in 1880, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says. Much of the increase is due to the increases of greenhouse gasses.
Argentina legalized same-sex marriage, the first Latin American country to do so. It becomes law as soon as President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signs it and it’s published in the official bulletin.
Same-sex marriage ruling is a victory for all minority groups. Another gain for civil rights. This will send the Potters over the edge as will the following.
THE D.C. COURT of Appeals on Thursday provided an important and welcome victory for same-sex marriage. But its decision in Jackson v. D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is likely to have significance far beyond the realm of gay rights.
In a 5 to 4 ruling, the court held that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics was right to block a voter initiative sponsored by Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. and other opponents of same-sex marriage that would have allowed District residents to vote on the definition of marriage. The initiative was intended to nullify the D.C. Council’s decision to sanction same-sex marriages by requiring that only unions between one man and one woman would be legally recognized.
The appeals court essentially ruled that the Rev. Jackson has a right to his opinion but that he and others do not have a right to force on the District an initiative that would have codified discrimination. “The initiative . . . would take away from those individuals a civil right that the Council has seen fit to recognize and expressly allow,” the five-judge majority concluded. For more:
Ringo spent part of the day being pampered and groomed by Debbie Garrett at Star Barks. He just loves to go there. He didn’t wait for me to open the car door; instead, he bounded out the window and headed for the grooming house lickety-split. When he came home, he had a long drink of water then crashed in front of the fan where it’s cool.
Speaking of the heat. I just looked out on our deck where a squirrel is lying spread eagle trying to cool off. He looks pretty weird…like he’d been flattened by a semi. But…he’s okay.
Thanks for tuning in…and stay in where it is cool, if you are able.