“I have been called a bigot, an ableist, a homophobe and a transphobe. I fundamentally don’t understand how someone can take my very good faith concern about the potential for exploitation and spin that into discriminating against people with a disability.”
(Amanda Prestigiacomo – Daily Wire) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint against congressional Republican candidate Peter Meijer, 31, for refusing to host a drag queen performance at a venue he owns from a group of performers with Down syndrome dubbed “Drag Syndrome.”
Meijer, who is running for the seat currently occupied by Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan, said he could not provide his venue for the drag show in good conscience out of concern that the members of the troupe are being exploited.
The ACLU filed a complaint against the candidate with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights alleging discrimination concerning disability and sex, according to The New York Times.
Staff attorney at the ACLU Michigan chapter Jay Kaplan suggested the complaint was predominantly filed due to the drag component. “If members of the group were to perform an orchestra recital, chances are he wouldn’t have canceled the performance,” he said.