Tribunal Awards $12,500 to Lesbian Women Offended by Anti-Gay Bumper Sticker
The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Tribunal ordered a man named Ron Owen to pay $12,500 in damages to three lesbian women, who lodged a complaint over a bumper sticker displayed on his car.
The bumper sticker read “Gay rights? Under God’s law, the only rights gays have is the right to die.”
I can understand people being offended by the inciteful language on this sticker, but I do not support the awarding of damages to these women, as the message was not directed at them specifically.
In my opinion, the only proper outcome would be an order to remove the bumper sticker, print an apology in a local newspaper and refrain from displaying similar messages in the future.