No crispy chicken livers for Stacey Campfield

Timothy Kincaid

January 30th, 2012

In Tennessee, there are no protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation. There also are no protections against discrimination based on stupidity, ignorance, and unvarnished bigotry – as State Senator Stacey Campfield (R – Dist. 7) discovered.

Campfield, a 43 year old confirmed bachelor, has a very special interest in homosexuality. For several years he unsuccessfully attempted to pass anti-gay legislation in the House of Representatives. And, as the good people of Knoxville seemed to be in the mood to reward buffoonery and ineptitude, in 2010 he was promoted to the state Senate, where his Fight Teh Ghey campaign found more fertile ground.

In May of last year, Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed the Senate 19-10, ensuring Tennessee’s reputation as a being, ahem, less attune with the realities and sensibilities of the twenty-first century. The bill is currently in the Education subcommittee of the House (as HB 229) along with an accompanying bill requiring all residents to drop out of school after the sixth grade, smoke corn-cob pipes, play the banjo and the marry their cousin. (Okay, maybe that last bill is not actually up for debate.)

In addition to his legislative contributions on the subject, Campfield is quick to offer his intellectual analysis on this and related subjects. On a recent interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Campfield asserted that “average lifespan of a homosexual” is “very short” and that that HIV came about when a homosexual airline pilot had sex with a monkey. Perhaps Campfield was attempting to garner support for the bill by illustrating the extent to which his own education had been blighted due to obsession over Teh Ghey.

But despite the efforts of their legislators to live up to stereotype, Tennessee has a good many decent, educated, and cultured people. And some residents are greatly offended when elected officials proudly display their ignorance and animus and make the state look like a haven for redneck bigots.

Martha Boggs, the owner of the Bistro, decided that as a business owner she had the right to refuse service and so on Sunday when Stacey Campfield showed up for brunch she told him that he was not welcome.

Campfield, no doubt, was delighted. From what I’ve seen over the years, the man dotes on publicity of any kind. But if he decides to try and play the martyr and decry the evil Left, I don’t think it will play well. Boggs seems like just some lady who’d had enough and I don’t think Stacey will do well in comparison.


January 30th, 2012

What if this was a senator supporting marriage equality and he was denied service at a restaurant owned by an evangelical christian couple?

Right? Wrong? How would you react?

Richard Rush

January 30th, 2012

Campfield, a 43 year old confirmed bachelor, has a very special interest in homosexuality . . . Campfield asserted that “average lifespan of a homosexual” is “very short” . . .

Does that mean he’s not going to bother running for reelection?


January 30th, 2012

Tim, you’re equating what religion someone chooses as if it were on the same level as an unchangeable trait. It’s not the same thing. Nobody is making that hypothetical couple claim Christianity, or believe anything their church teaches. The senator supporting gay marriage would be the senator wanting a level playing field. People like to pretend that their religion is rooted somewhere inside of them, but truthfully, we aren’t born with any specific belief.


January 30th, 2012

He wasn’t banned from the restaurant simply because he’s against gay marriage, as you can tell if you read the post above your comment. But of course, it won’t stop NOM, FRC, etc from lying and claiming otherwise.


January 30th, 2012

And I just want to clarify my earlier comment. Criticizing an idea that someone has is not the same thing as criticizing someone for a trait/characteristic that they have absolutely no say in. Ideas are supposed to be criticized. It’s how we grow as humans and learn new things. It’s how we come up with ideas and revise ideas we already have. Telling someone they’re immoral because they have blue eyes is hardly the same thing.


January 30th, 2012

tim, the actual analogy would be a pro-gay politician who claimed evangelicals are bad for society by pointing to the higher divorce and teen pregnancy rates in states with large evangelical populations. Then, yes, the proprietors would be within their rites to refuse service.

In that case, as in this, the politician would not be barred from service because of belonging to a political group or ideology but because the politician, in their public role, was spreading lies that could have a detrimental impact on his constituents (in the real-world case, causing his hetero constituents to believe the myth that AIDS is a “gay disease”). It is not discrimination to judge an individual by their own actions.

Jim Burroway

January 30th, 2012

Well, first of all, crispy chicken livers themselves are an abomination. I always thought there was something wrong with Campfield.

Mark F.

January 31st, 2012

Good for Ms. Boggs. Discrimination is not always bad, folks. Discrimination is freedom.


January 31st, 2012

So do we start the countdown now as to when the good senator will be caught in a bathhouse doing “research” on the terible homos?

Regan DuCasse

January 31st, 2012

I have a pretty good comeback for people like Campfield who are so paranoid (or obsessed) about gay male sex.

I’d remind him that gay men aren’t all that casually attracted to apparent straight men, especially like him. So he’s QUITE safe.
The most important fact:
And most straight women aren’t attracted to him either.
And considering Campfield’s own marital status, that’s no lie.

That one always shut up the bigots especially about foxholes, showers and locker rooms.


January 31st, 2012

I get so sick of the right using the “I guess the left isn’t as tolerant as they claim” excuse when something like this happens.

I wonder if they know they are talking about two different things and don’t care, or if they really are too dense to realize it’s not the same thing.


January 31st, 2012

Heck, they should not tell him he is welcome, invite him in for a discussion and let him show off his stupidity. I’m never shocked for whom voters will elect to represent them in a public office.


January 31st, 2012

“What if this was a senator supporting marriage equality and he was denied service at a restaurant owned by an evangelical christian couple?” – Tim

Tim has a very good point.


January 31st, 2012

If, as Campfield believes, straights can discriminate against gays, why then can gays not discriminate against straights? I think he got a taste of his own medicine.


January 31st, 2012

“If, as Campfield believes, straights can discriminate against gays, why then can gays not discriminate against straights? I think he got a taste of his own medicine.” – Matt

Are we in a tit-for-tat fight or can we be above such a fight? Perhaps someone should have gone up to him and told him tactfully that this was a gay friendly establishment and we will serve you even though we consider your stances on gay issues to be morally wrong.


January 31st, 2012


My questions was rhetorical. Like Ghandi, I believe that the concept of “eye for an eye” benefits only the manufacturers of artificial optics. I pointed out as an example of how he was essentially being hoisted by his own pitard and getting stung by the exact same thing he envisioned befalling another.

Robert Goodman

February 1st, 2012

Am I the only one who notices the irony of a man named “Stacy” arguing against gay rights?

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