I went along to the Equal Marriage rally in Canberra today to support my son who I am quite proud of. After putting up with me for years he came out and in many ways, opened my mind to the many human rights issues that diverse people face. While he want off to do his thing, I want to sit down and watch. To my annoyance, shortly after I sat down, the staff at the nearby Landmark Cafe turned up their music to industrial levels in an obvious effort to drown out the rally. That was just the start of their obnoxious behavior. When people from the rally, including myself went to buy a coffee there, we were told “Go away.” and “We don’t want your business.” by the young male staffer there.
Mindful of the campaign urging real heros to walk away, I did, taking my money with me.
The same staffer continued to be obnoxious throughout the rally. When it finished, a member or the rally want to complain but was called a fag. A fight almost ensued, with the staffer from the cafe having to be held back. As my son would say “What a tool!”
Well their message to me was clear,they don’t want my business, they don’t want my son’s business, nor the business of our friends or associates. Nor for that matter do they seem to want anyone’s business judging from that behavior and their statements.
I see there is already an article about this at the Canberra Times.