Don’t stray, gay man, or you will be punished–
Ian Reisner, left, and Mati Weiderpass, co-owners of The Out NYC hotel, cut the ribbon for New York’s new gay resort hotel, March 1, 2012. (Photo by Richard Drew/AP)
Ian Reisner came out of the closet while at Salomon Brothers. He spoke out about his experience in a previous video.
Less than a week after two popular gay New York City hotel owners met with Ted Cruz a gay non-profit group announced its plans to cancel an event at one of Ian Reisner’s hotel.
A boycott of Fire Island Pines Establishments and Out NYC was also organized by angry gay activists after the meeting with Cruz.
On Sunday Ian Reisner apologized to the gay mob.
Of course, the Facebook Boycott page continued its attacks on Reisner and Wilderpass despite their apology.
Today at The New York Times Andrew Rosenthal agreed that gays should be harassed, boycotted and punished for speaking with Republican Ted Cruz.
The New York Times reported:
It’s hard not to feel sympathy for Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the gay businessmen who invited a dozen people to dine with Senator Ted Cruz, the presidential poser, at their New York home. Mr. Reisner and Mr. Weiderpass had evident good intentions. There is certainly a shortage in this country of sensible political communication.
It is, however, equally hard to understand what on earth they thought they were doing. There is not a Republican on the national scene who supports the right of Americans to marry whomever they choose. Very few of them truly believe in protecting the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans at all. And Mr. Cruz dwells on the far side of right-wing crazy on most issues, including this one.
Mr. Reisner later said that Mr. Cruz did not voice explicit opposition to same-sex marriage at the dinner, but rather said that the matter should be left to the states. What right-wing Republicans mean is that states should be allowed to ban same-sex marriage at will. When that fails, they should permit business owners to discriminate against same-sex couples because they don’t approve of them.
Mr. Cruz later said that he told the dinner that he has strong religious objections to same-sex marriage, and Mr. Reisner has been publicly apologizing for showing “poor judgment.”