Homophobic attacks prompt gay owners to close Manitoba restaurant

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    Apr 03, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/homophobic-attacks-prompt-gay-owners-close-manitoba-restaurant-153737895.html

    I'm really dismayed as a Canadian to see such small minded abuse to this country stands for.

    Matthew CouttsShameful times in small-town Manitoba, where the homosexual owners of a brand new restaurant are closing up shop because a few residents have taken to attacking and insulting their sexual orientation.

    The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Morris, Man., restaurant Pots N Hands will close in April, just four months after opening for business. The owners at first refused to discuss why they decided to close shop, finally relenting and admitting the decision came following a series of homophobic attacks.

    The owners would even only speak to the Free Press on the condition of anonymity. An odd condition, considering they are already known to those in the community. But these are the steps taken when discrimination boils, and threatens to boil further.

    One of the owners told the newspaper:

    It's been very difficult for us. It got to the point of being out of control by this certain group of people. This has been a very difficult decision," said the co-owner. "I cannot tell you how this has affected us on so many levels.

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    So what kind of outrage could there actually be, in this day and age, to a homosexual couple opening a restaurant? If you think the comments in question were smarmy asides and acidic innuendo, think again.

    One local resident was very open about his distaste for the pair. In a separate article, Aaron Kleinsasser told the Free Press the couple should leave town.

    "They should get the hell out of here. I don't really like them -- the service and who they are," he said. "I agree (they should leave). It makes you feel uncomfortable. I've been in there twice, I believe, and I regret it."

    This seems to be a case of small mindedness, one that some residents of rural communities are often accused of fostering. This writer, from a relatively small Manitoban town himself, suspects neighbourly grace and civility would have eventually outshone the bad apples, should the owners have decided to dig in their heels and fight through the early abuses.

    That said it is far easier to speak of martyrdom than to engage in it, especially when personal attacks are compounding the financial struggles of business ownership.

    The couple is free to seek their fortunes elsewhere, perhaps somewhere more welcoming.

    It is the community's loss. The mayor knows this — Gavin van der Linde told the Free Press that the whole affair doesn't "reflect well on the community."

    His response echoes one from earlier this year, when the local newspaper ran a cartoon and editorial widely accused of being racist against aboriginal people.

    The Morris Mirror stated that some natives acted like terrorists. "Indians/Natives want it all but corruption and laziness prevent some of them from working for it," the editorial went on to say.

    Two strikes in quick succession. Not a great start to 2013, Morris.
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    Apr 03, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    Saw the picture of Kleinsasser on Towleroad yesterday. Yeah, he thinks he's such a prize.

    Good on the mayor for calling the town out.
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    Apr 05, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    Really one response! Come on people!
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    Apr 05, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    dayumm saidSaw the picture of Kleinsasser on Towleroad yesterday. Yeah, he thinks he's such a prize.

    This guy?

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    "They should get the hell out of here. I don't really like them -- the service and who they are," said Aaron Kleinsasser of Morris, as he came out of another restaurant in town. "I agree (they should leave). It makes you feel uncomfortable."

    Well, you just can't support civil rights when they make some guy feel uncomfortable. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
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    dayumm saidSaw the picture of Kleinsasser on Towleroad yesterday. Yeah, he thinks he's such a prize.

    This guy?

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    "They should get the hell out of here. I don't really like them -- the service and who they are," said Aaron Kleinsasser of Morris, as he came out of another restaurant in town. "I agree (they should leave). It makes you feel uncomfortable."

    Well, you just can't support civil rights when they make some guy feel uncomfortable. icon_razz.gif


    Here, let me fix his statement.

    ""They should get the hell out of here. I don't really like them -- the service and who they are," said Aaron Kleinsasser of Morris, as he came out of another restaurant in town. "I agree (they should leave). It makes you feel uncomfortable when you have urges but are terrified of them and those guys keep reminding you." icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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    Apr 06, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
    The population is 1,700 and there are 15 churches in Morris alone. Mostly Baptist and Mennonite.

    How unexpected, lol.
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    Apr 06, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    meninlove said The population is 1,700 and there are 15 churches in Morris alone. Mostly Baptist and Mennonite.

    How unexpected, lol.

    I drove through Morris many times, on my way from North Dakota to Winnepeg, along Hwy 75. There were indeed many churches, and Mennonite as you say. Not all in the town, but scattered out in the flat farmland as you approached.

    Oddly I also have a memory of stopping at a Chinese restaurant along that stretch, but can't remember if in Morris. Though I do recall being surprised that such a tiny town, whatever it was, had Chinese food in the middle of nowhere. Apparently the US-Canadian traffic through there keeps restaurants open, maybe what this gay couple was counting on.
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    Apr 06, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    You would be surprised by the range of customer base small canadian chinese food restaurants can have. My ex and local cousins ship food by greyhound from northern ontario which is hundreds of miles from civilization to the big city in the south.
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    Apr 06, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    icon_cry.gif I am really disappointed that this has happened in Canada. Owners should come to Toronto and open shop. All the people here will welcome you with open arms.