“Gay rights” activists in Vienna are planning a hate campaign against one of the city’s best-known coffee-houses following an incident in which a lesbian couple was asked to leave the premises because of its indecent behaviour, the daily newspaper “Die Presse” reports.
It is an often-repeated cliché that “gay persons are afraid to hold hands in public because they are afraid of being discriminated against”. Yet what has happened in the case at question appears to have been “more than a normal kiss”, and certainly more than just holding hands.
It is one of the paradoxes of the “Anti-Discrimination” legislation currently under discussion at EU level that it intends to specifically prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. In other words, the more explicitly gay/lesbian a person’s behaviour is, the more protection it gets. Several attempts of introducing this bizarre kind of legislation have been narrowly defeated in Austria in the course of the last few years, which is why “gay rights” activist Helmut Graupner laments that “there is no possible defence against this kind of discrimination”. This statement is, however wrong: under current law, lesbian couples enjoy exactly as much protection as any other person (who could equally be banned from a coffee house or similar place in case of inappropriate behaviour). On the contrary, if the proposed EU Directive were to be adopted, owners of restaurants, hotels, or similar establishments would be forced to accept all kinds of explicit sexual misbehaviours on their premises even if it means that they might lose their non-LGBT clientèle.
It seems thus quite natural to us that the owner of the place has the right to decide what kind of behaviour is, or is not, accepted in his establishment. After all, it is he who risks losing his business when the place becomes unpleasant. Maybe the incident will help the Austrian business associations understand why that Anti-Discrimination is so dangerous…