The co-owner of a landscaping company called Garden Guy turned down a job in October by sending an e-mail to a man who had sought an estimate for work on his yard:
“I am appreciative of your time on the phone today and glad you contacted us,” Sabrina Farber wrote. “I need to tell you that we cannot meet with you because we choose not to work with homosexuals. Best of luck in finding someone else to fill your landscaping needs. All the best.“
Floored, the recipient of the e-mail, Michael Lord, and his partner forwarded the message to dozens of friends. Within days the e-mail had spread across the Internet to bloggers, the homosexual media and online gardening forums from Seattle to Washington, D.C.
Farber and her husband, Todd, who have owned the landscaping company since 1991, were bombarded with profane phone calls and e-mails. Their online forum was flooded with outraged posts.
“It blackens my mind to think that an alternative version of the KKK is alive & kicking in the USA,” read one of the milder comments.
The Farbers, declining interviews, released a statement saying they “do not hate homosexuals” and “did not refuse service with malicious intent. … We meant to uphold our right as small business owners to choose who our clients are. We are humbly sorry for the hurt that it has caused.”
Should this couple be penalized for doing what they did? Does a company have the right to refuse service based on sexual preference? And furthermore, is there such a thing as gay grass?
If so, I’d imagine it’d make for some of the most impeccable lawns you’ve ever seen.