Is FW rodeo manager advocating violence against gays who kiss in public?

Queer LiberAction, the Dallas-based direct action group, plans another one of its Queer Kiss-In’s on Saturday — this time in the Fort Worth Stockyards, which QL called “a very socially conservative area of the city” in a press release sent out yesterday. NBC 5, which posted a story about the event on its Web site this morning, interviewed Hub Baker, the longtime manager of the Cowtown Coliseum rodeo in the Stockyards, who “doesn’t exactly welcome the demonstration,” according to the TV station.

“My first thought is, in the Fort Worth Stockyards, we like to welcome anyone and everyone, and we don’t discriminate,” he said.

But he added that he has a problem with anyone kissing in public — gay or straight.

“Manners are manners,” he said. “If they don’t act right among cowboys, maybe they need to get a good whipping.”

I’m sure Baker will claim this remark was taken out of context, but I’m also pretty sure he will live to regret it. Stay tuned.

—  John Wright