A man in Florida has been fired after he joked on Facebook that he may get married to his dog, following the Supreme Court ruling that allowed gay marriage all over America.
Ryan Uhler was mocking the right wing view that allowing gay marriage opened up the door to people getting wed to their pets.
The 32-year-old wrote on Facebook: “How is marrying a dog different if you love them?
“Today I hope we can focus on doggy-style love. I love my dog Rocco, and he loves me. Hopefully one day we can be married.”
Well, that may have been quite funny, but it seems his employers at investment company Grace Tax Advisory Group didn’t laugh half as much. They proceeded to fire him, claiming they were unhappy with the references to bestiality.
Ryan told Huffington Post: “The reason I’m coming forward about this is that I don’t want anyone to make the same mistake I did about posting jokes like this to Facebook.”
Uhler claims that he is a supporter of gay marriage, but he loves a bit of controversial humour.
Though this may all sound a bit harsh for everyone in Norway, it seems that Florida has a an ‘at will’ employment system which means that employers can fire their staff for no reason, and without ‘just cause’. I will just leave that one out there.
Now this story has caused a bit of an uproar in America. Despite the protestations from the company that they weren’t happy with him saying he would marry his dog, the are many people who feel this is more to do with making sure the gay community can’t possibly be offended by anything, even if what they are offended about is completely unreasonable.
If this is the case, then them everyone needs to be very careful. Most reasonable people are delighted to hear about gay marriage being made legal, and see it as a really progressive step for society. However, if we start going too far the other way, and start being far too careful as to what can be said, then there is likely to be a more negative mindset, thinking the gay lobby are now a special interest group who have the power of life and death over the average person.
We all hate prejudice, and everyone has the right to live their life as they see fit, but if a society goes too P.C, then there is a problem.
We hope that Mr Uhler gets a job somewhere else soon enough. It is sad that we live in a world where not that many people have a sense of humour.
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