Lesbian Couple Condemned In Letter Handed By N.C. Restaurant Owner

Ed McGovern's restaurant in New Bern, N.C., specializes in seafood. He also disapproves of gay people. A lesbian couple got a taste of both in early December, when McGovern handed them a poorly written letter explaining that their love was "unnatural," and hastening the biblical "end of days."

God said in the last days that man and wom[a]n would be lover of self, more [than] the lover of God.

That man and woman would have unnatural [affection] for one another. Then, the coming of the Son of Man, who is Jesus. So please, look at your life. See how it hurt[s] everyone around you. And ask the Lord to open your eye[s] before it [is] to[o] late.

The love of Christ.

P.S. my daughter also was gay. it destroy[ed] her life and my grandson.

McGovern told the local ABC-TV affiliate, WCTI, that he didn't approve of Ariel and Shawnee McPhail kissing outside his restaurant, The Stingray Cafe, and he gave the letter out of love, and has done so before. Shawnee McPhail told the news station that they were holding hands, not kissing.

Several business owners have recently made their anti-gay feeling well-known, most famously the president of the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. This is perfectly protected free speech; the only issue is whether a view manifests itself in a way that illegally discriminates against employees or customers.

Perfectly Legal

While McGovern's behavior might qualify as harassment, it's perfectly legal. North Carolina does not have a law that prohibits discrimination against gays and lesbians, whether in housing, employment, or public facilities. A law banning sodomy is still on the state's books, and last May, North Carolina became the last state in the South to pass an amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages, partnerships and civil unions.

Such a letter may not be tolerated in other parts of the country though. A New York woman was awarded $25,000 last June, after a restaurant manager shoved her and called her a "f***ing dyke" while she was trying to eat breakfast (the scene deteriorated from there). And a Vermont resort was forced to pay out $30,000 to a couple months later, because it refused to host a lesbian couple's wedding reception.

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Ed McGovern may believe the McPhails will face the wrath of the Lord, but he's already experienced the vengeance of the gods of Yelp. The Stingray Cafe is now at "one star" out of five on the review website, as users have flooded the restaurant's page with damnations.

One user, John M., pointed out that McGovern is in clear violation of the Bible's explicit ban on eating aquatic creatures without fins or scales. "Don't go, this place serves shellfish which is a blatant affront to God. It's important to support godly business," he writes, "and not ones that ... flagrantly and pridefully ignore biblical principles like the prohibition against eating shellfish...."

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sodomites. hmmm then there are many heterosexual couples that are sinning. Mcgovern said his daughter was gay and it ruined her life. I think having this narrow minded man as a father did that.

January 23 2013 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Leave it to the gay nutjobs to get payback. I would flood this restaraunt with my business. Good for him. The gay sodomites will be meating the person on the white horse mentioned in Rev 19 hopefully soon.

January 22 2013 at 10:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

He knew where he was working and their beliefs. It'd been one thing if his sexuality was just known around the work place and they fired him because of it or if he wore the shirt and posted it on his FB page. But he wore it to work, which was a political statement. I think they should have requested that he change and not wear it at work before firing him but he had to know it would cause problems. (I'm gay, so this isn't about me not understanding) its just he acepted employment under their terms and if he had a problem with their views he should have walked out the door a long time ago.

January 22 2013 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How do people pull it out of their asses that these Bible passages are pointing to gays? It says un-natural affection. Okay so...all this screwing around amongst heterosexuals isnt un-natural affection? Screwing just to screw? I would say people who want others to basically "pretend" to like them so they can get laid without the feelings is more un-natural then 2 people of teh same gender being in love.

January 17 2013 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The President of Chic-Fil-A never stated that he was anti-gay. He stood up for marriage as being between one man and one woman. Ms. Gordon please get your facts correct before you publish them

January 16 2013 at 11:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

who came up with the word gay anyway when I asa kid an apple was caled an apple and one guy playing with another guys genitalia was call (queer) without softening that persons position in the world. Maybe we have bent over backwards to far in this NEW WORLD and maybe that is why so many things are out of wack. Hell are people that stupid as to not know what they are doing is heading us straight back to Sodom and Gamora a total damnation from the Lord? Ok I had my say I'm straight and been married for 40 years with a family and still bery much happy knowing I've lived by a righteous Gods Wants and not some other Graven Image. Go ahead throw your skittles at me now but please refrain from hurting me to badly. I Bet this doesn't make it to the post.

January 16 2013 at 8:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Discrimination is discrimination. Gays have every right to go wherever & whenever they want, after all this IS still a free country OR is it? I wonder with so much hate out there.

January 16 2013 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ctmach1's comment

ctmach, just because someone disagrees with your view doesn't make them a hater. Grow up. These women weren't discriminated against...they weren't refused service, they weren't asked to leave. Someone was in their business, and handed them a note that they didn't like. If that's the worst that happens to them, they'll have a pretty good life.

January 17 2013 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have no ill feelings toward lesbians or gays, everyone should have the right to love and marry and be happy. On the other hand I have no ill feelings about how the restaurant owner handled the situation. He did nothing that the public could see or hear. They could have thrown out the letter, instead they chose to go public with it. These two need to develope a thicker skin.

January 16 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to goodnj's comment

if he had such an issue with them, he should have refused to serve them, and take their money...but, being a self-centered bible thumper, is anyone really surprised?

January 16 2013 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to mixrbear's comment

Exactly. If his convictions are that strong, he should have denied them service. Seems typical of the bible thumper. Their lifestyle is an abomination but their almighty dollar is squeeky clean.

January 16 2013 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

So, his issue was with gays, yours is with Christians. No big difference. You think you're right, he thinks he is. He didn't call them names, nor was the tone of note to them hostile. You, on the other had, resorted to name calling and appear a little hostile. But then, I'm really not surprised. To you, it's ok to discriminate against people who quote the Bible, isn't it?

January 17 2013 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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