KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)-- Late yesterday morning, State Senator Stacey Campfield was taking three others to brunch at the Bistro at the Bijou when he was approached by the owner and told to leave.
The owner told Local 8 News she wanted Campfield to know how it feels to be discriminated against- like what she says he was doing to others by his outspoken views.
Last week Campfield did a satellite radio interview in which he said it's virtually impossible to get AIDS from a heterosexual.
Local 8 News talked to Campfield by phone. Local 8 News also caught up with Bistro owner Martha Boggs, who put up a sign that says "Today's special: fried chicken, crispy chicken livers and no Stacey.
Boggs gave her take on what happened. "When I saw him at the door, I decided not the serve him and went over to him and told him he wasn't welcomed here, he kind of knew why (laughs).
Campfield told us by phone, "Just another example of the intolerant left you know it ...different ideas, don't know what to do,how to handle it."
Boggs says the incident wasn't preplanned and she didn't do it for the publicity. Campfield says he doesn't hate gays.
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