Freakin’ freaks are freaking out.

Rob Tisinai

February 14th, 2013

Today at 11:33am PST, during the Illinois State Senate debate on same-sex marriage, Sen. Kyle McCarter (R) said — no, you won’t believe me.

Hold on, let me try.

He said…

He said…

He said…most florists will close their shops rather than give service to same-sex couples.

The crowd expressed its skepticism.

UPDATE: See for yourself here, at the 1:10:15 mark.

Ben in Oakland

February 14th, 2013

As I always like to say, if you don’t have a thing to say that makes sense, bend over backwards, stick your head up your ass, and see what you can pull out with your teeth.

Bose in St. Peter MN

February 14th, 2013

Ummmm… has the guy, by any chance, met any florists?

Is the tiniest clue rattling around his brain anywhere that he buys goods and services from LGBT-owned businesses?

Thanks for the chuckle, Rob…

matt

February 14th, 2013

To which another senator deftly rebutted, “The sky is not falling, chicken little!”

Soren456

February 14th, 2013

Clearly a man of the world.

Gus

February 14th, 2013

Thanks for the laugh

Leonardo Ricardo

February 14th, 2013

This guy needs to get leid.

Hyhybt

February 14th, 2013

I strongly suspect that even among straight florists, the vast majority are in favor of selling more flowers.

Snowman

February 14th, 2013

I cannot say that I have ever met or even heard of an anti-gay florist. (Or an anti-anything florist, for that matter.)

Come to think of it, of the several florists I’ve known over the years, at least a couple were gay.

Even for those that aren’t, When people being in relationships, more people being able formalize those long-term relationships or even get married and shit means your business goes up, you would tend not to ask too many quesitons or be too judgemental, I would think.

CPT_Doom

February 14th, 2013

And of course no one in a capitalist system would ever fill that unmet market demand.

Neon Genesis

February 15th, 2013

When did the florist argument suddenly become so popular? I don’t recall ever hearing this argument being used in the Bush years. Back then it was always about the bible this and the bible that but suddenly this year the argument from florists seems to be the most popular fallacy against gay marriage.

Ryan

February 15th, 2013

The weirdest part to this whole new argument about florists and cake shops and the like is that they have ZERO to do with gay marriage being legal or not. Case in point is the recent cake shop who refused to sell a wedding cake to a lesbian couple in Oregon. Well guess what? Gay marriage isn’t recognized in Oregon. Gay (non-binding) wedding ceremonies are legal in all 50 states and always have been. The reason why that couple has sued in Oregon is because of its anti-discrimination laws. But I suspect that even NOM realizes that businesses fighting for the right to discriminate against gay people in general is not going to garner any sympathy, so they make it about marriage.

Timothy (TRiG)

February 15th, 2013

> Or an anti-anything florist, for that matter.

There was the florist who refused to send flowers to “evil little thing” Jessica Alquist. So it does happen. Rare, though.

TRiG.

Priya Lynn

February 15th, 2013

Trig, actually I think that was several florists, none of them in the town she was in were willing to send her flowers.

PLAINTOM

February 15th, 2013

Apparently he has never seen the FTD logo.

Bill T.

February 15th, 2013

We get the government we deserve.

Katz

February 15th, 2013

He also gets an audible laugh when he says the gay couple are his friends.

TampaZeke

February 18th, 2013

Not only that but dress designers and hair dressers are going to flee in disgust as well!

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