Southwest Airlines is responsible for the nitwit who claimed (regarding two married men and their three children):

This is for family boarding only and you are not permitted to board.

My theory regarding such incidents is that someone took advantage of an opportunity to demonstrate their disapproval of gay people.

In this case Grant Morse and his husband were flying from Buffalo to Fort Lauderdale with their three children on Saturday. Prior to general boarding the family assembled for family pre-boarding. A gate agent who told them they needed to leave.

“This is for family boarding only,” said the gate agent. He added that the agent “aggressively” told the pair that they couldn’t board as a family, even as the men explained that they were married and that both their names appeared on their children’s birth certificates.

The agent was having none of it and repeated the refrain: “This is only for families.”

Translation: “According to my religious beliefs, you, your faggot husband and the three children who should not be in your care are a family. I have the power and you are going to obey the rules of my church.” Had this happened to me I would have gone full Larry Kramer which would be stupid.

Instead of creating a security incident (as I might have done — sometimes I need adult supervision), the family stood their ground and attempted to board when family boarding was announced. The same moronic gate agent:

This is for family boarding only and you are not permitted to board. This is only for family, and I told you that already.

At some point Southwest said in a statement that they denied family boarding because they were accompanied by Morse’s 83-year-old mother. That makes no sense whatsoever. Gary C. Kelly is the chief executive officer and chairman of Southwest Airlines. He is basically a finance guy. Later in the day I will compose some choice snail mail. Meanwhile, the couple plan to sue the carrier.

I am a tad behind. I just set up the computer that replaced the computer that replaced the computer. Ugh!

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.