A year later, restaurant owner still gets attention for kicking Campfield out

11:57 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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A restaurant owner says she still gets attention a year after she asked a state senator to leave for his comments about AIDS and homosexuality.

During an interview with a satellite radio show last January, Senator Stacey Campfield said it was "virtually impossible" for AIDS to be transmitted through heterosexual sex, and said the virus was spread by the gay community.

After hearing the comments, the owner of Bistro at the Bijou, Martha Boggs, refused to serve Campfield and told him to leave her restaurant. The move gained national attention.

A year later, Boggs says at least once a week someone brings up the time she kicked Campfield out.

"People when they pass through town they'll make a point to stop in and say 'hi' and 'thanks for sticking up for what I believe in.' I guess people have a lot of respect for people standing up for what they believe in," said Boggs.

Boggs says Campfield has not been back.

At the time of the incident, Campfield told us he does not hate gay people, and stood by what he said in the radio show.

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