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State Senator Behind "Don't Say Gay" Bill Refused Service At Restaurant

Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, who recently said that it is "virtually impossible" to contract HIV through heterosexual sex, was kicked out of a restaurant in Knoxville. He went quietly.

Posted on January 30, 2012, at 11:03 a.m. ET

There's no escaping the homosexual agenda these days -- even as far into the conservative heartland as Knoxville, Tennessee.

A Tennessee state senator who fought to block teaching about homosexuality in schools was refused service at a restaurant in Knoxville yesterday, he confirmed to BuzzFeed.

The Bistro at the Bijou posted on their Facebook page that they turned State Senator Stacey Campfield away because of his views: "I hope that Stacey Campfield now knows what if feels like to be unfairly discrimanted [sic] against."

Campfield sponsored a bill that would bar teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, and he recently said in an interview that it is "virtually impossible" to contract HIV from heterosexual sex and that AIDS originated by a man having sex with a monkey.

An unfazed Campfield told BuzzFeed in a brief telephone interview that "I went in there and the lady started calling me names and wouldn't serve me." The hostess told him he was a homophobe and that he hates homosexuals, he said.

Campfield said that on the contrary, he has no problem with gays. "In my business I do rental properties and I've rented to homosexuals, mixed-race couples, black couples," he said. "And about every single group you can think of has been in my office."

Campfield stood by his comments on Huffington Post editor Michael Signorile's show in an interview with the local NBC affiliate in Knoxville, saying that "The odds of a regular man getting it from a regular woman are very low." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site notes that vaginal intercourse "is the most common way the virus is transmitted in much of the world."

In Campfield's view, he's the victim of the Knoxville thought police.

"If you don't think the way certain people think, then they think you don't have a right to be served," he said.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.