2 men denied admission to museum
A progressive blogger and another man who tried to go to a special event at Kentucky’s Creation Museum said they were denied admission because they told security that they were a same-sex couple.
The men bought tickets online for a Date Night event Feb. 11 at the privately funded Petersburg museum, which shows visitors a literal interpretation of the Bible depicting how the world was created in six days about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Both museum officials and the men denied admission agree that they weren’t let in and not reimbursed the $71.90 cost for the tickets. They differ on whether it was clear beforehand that men without female companions would be turned away.
The event included dinner, a talk from museum founder Ken Ham about love and the biblical view of marriage and musical performances.
One of the men who was denied admission, Joe Sonka, is the writer of a blog called Barefoot and Progressive. He previously has criticized the museum and its founder, as well as the idea of giving public tax breaks for a proposed theme park the museum’s backers want to build based on the biblical story of Noah’s ark.
Sonka wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that neither he nor the other man denied entry is gay. He said he was curious to hear the museum’s founder speak and if they would admit a same-sex couple.
Museum spokesman Mark Looy told The Kentucky Enquirer that the promotional material for the Date Night made it clear the event was for heterosexual couples only.