Last month, a local [Houston] landscaping firm prompted a furor here by telling a gay couple in an e-mail message, “We choose not to work for homosexuals.” In an interview Friday, Sabrina Farber, 34, co-owner of the company with her husband, Todd, 37, said the company had picked up $40,000 in new business in the past two weeks, while losing only two clients worth about $500 each a year.
Like any self-respecting homo (or hetero landscapee) would hire straight landscapers. RIGHT. And miss out on the hot shirtless/bikini-clad tanned gardenguys/grrls?
The federal law of public accommodations says if you hang out a shingle or open your door you don’t get to say, ‘Only to whites,’ ” Ms. Graybill said. But sexual orientation is not protected. And while some localities, like Seattle, have adopted ordinances extending antidiscrimination protection to gay men and lesbians, she said, Houston has not.
The uproar began after Mr. Lord contacted Garden Guy, whose Web site contains this slogan: “Treating you with respect and honesty are the cornerstones of our reputation.”