What world have I awoken in? What year is it? Is this really happening? Am I dreaming? No, this is an unbelievable, ridiculous reality. This is not only happening right now in Tennessee but in other states like Kansas as well (http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/24698365/sen-kelsey-introduces-turn-the-gays-away-bill#axzz2tDAUC25L) ...
So, Kansas and Tennessee, you're telling us that if the Tennessee Titans or The Kansas City Chiefs draft Michael Sam (The first openly gay player to enter the NFL Draft and potentially play in the NFL ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/sports/michael-sam-college-football-star-says-he-is-gay-ahead-of-nfl-draft.html?_r=0)... He is going to face being turned away from accommodations, goods and services because of his same-sex sexual orientation. Really? The same guy that was the best defensive player in the best conference in college football this year. Really? Have all of you lost your F@@King minds? Stop wasting taxpayer's time and money and get on with some business that will directly improve our lives immediately in these very trying economic times.
If I were gay and preferred the mental and physical companionship of a man over a woman, would some of you de-friend me? Block me from contact? Not do business me or my companies? Not like me any longer? Not love me? If so, do it now without reading any further! Go ahead... Do it! I am not scared of anything in this life! Much less the loss of money, clients, business associates, acquaintances or fake, superficial friendship or love from family or so-called true friends.
However, I am not gay. I actually love women to a fault. I love every inch of them mentally and physically. I love them in every shape, size, color, creed and sexual orientation. And yes, I do hope that one day in the future, I hear from a woman,"Cooper, out of 8 billion people, I choose you." However, I am especially fond of those that are kind, gracious, with supermodel looks and a PhD brain( a doctorate usually based on at least 3 years graduate study and a dissertation; the highest degree awarded graduate study) ... Hence... The reason I am still single at 44... There is just not an abundance of my preference in women on earth. She is very rare and special species that I shall spend this lifetime trying to find if that is what it takes. I would just as sure take my last dying breath alone as to have settled.
With that being said, a Bill like this leaves a lot of room for interpretation. It gives businesses the right to discriminate without legal repercussions. It is hurtful to a segment of our population that has simply been through enough. The gay community has a very high suicidal rate. I have personally known a few friends to take their own lives due to the internal struggles and lack of acceptance. Therefore, these governmental officials supporting this hurtful Bill should be ashamed of their actions. Any of you out there supporting it as well (while claiming your religious beliefs as the reason) should be very ashamed as well. Because, the one resounding theme by that man called Jesus, was the love and forgiveness of all people not matter what! (Yes, I went to church most of my life and yes I've had five to ten religion classes on the university level)
In 1991, I was going through a hippie stage while in college at the University of Mississippi ~ Ole Miss, and living in Alaska for a summer. I was visiting Prince William Sound on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. In 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef after leaving Valdez, causing a large oil spill, which resulted in massive damage to the environment, including the killing of around 250,000 seabirds, nearly 3,000 sea otters, 300 harbour seals, 250 bald eagles and up to 22 killer whales. I walked into a store and saw this t-shirt with a picture of the earth on the front of it. The picture was taken from outer space. The earth looked so small from way out there. I will never forget the tagline under the photo... "All One People" ...
Cooper Barrier Bailey
Founder of auctionpricedcars.com
Founder of the Bon Vivant Society
Founder of Hydration Therapy
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Nashville, TN 37203
By Chris Shaw
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