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Two men forced to leave public pool for being gay, Bible cited

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Pretty shitty, right? It gets worse; it gets so much worse. Two Kentucky gentlemen, both intellectually and developmentally disabled, were on a group trip with Mending Hearts, Inc., an organization that aids individuals with developmental disabilities. The group had taken a field trip to The Pavilion, a publicly funded swimming pool and recreational center, and two of the men were ejected after being told that "gay people aren't allowed to swim here." Reportedly the staff of the pool asked the men to leave, stating, "We own this place and can tell you to leave if we want to." I'm pretty sure that's not how public pools work, but, okay.

One of the members of The Pavilion staff also allegedly cited the Bible as "allowing" him to discriminate against the two men. In a statement regarding the incident, Shirlyn Perkins, Executive Director of Mending Hearts, Inc., said: "My clients, who already feel ridiculed and different, left the city-owned facility crying and embarrassed for trying to participate in 'normal' activities that everyday 'normal' people do." Sorry for ruining your morning.