A truck driver crossed a state line and pulled into the weigh station. He climbed down from his cab and went into the office to sign the papers and chat with his friends.
Before signing the weight papers, the clerk asked the driver how he felt about gay marriage. The driver responded “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.” The clerk pulled back the clip board and stamped “CANCEL” on the permit. He told the driver that he could not enter the state.
The driver said, “Wait a minute. Why? There is nothing wrong with my load.”
The clerk responded, “We don’t want hateful people in our state.”
“I’m not hateful,” said the driver, “and what does that have to do with my truck?”
“We cannot allow hateful homophobic people in our state. You will be escorted out by police.”
The driver tried to explain his comment. He was not against gay people, he just didn’t think the term “marriage” should apply. There was no way to change the attitude of the clerk. A state trooper escorted the driver out to his truck. Large stickers were put on the truck that said, “hater”. The driver had to go back out of the state and find another way to his destination.
The whole time he shook his head in disbelief. He said to himself, “What does my view on gay marriage have to do with driving my truck through a state?”