New market’s anti-gay remarks ‘misunderstanding’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Owners of a new all-natural market were called out in a YouTube video for some anti-gay remarks one of them made on their Facebook, but they said it is all a misunderstanding.

John Childs, the husband of the woman whose Facebook posts were called out in the YouTube video, said he and his wife, who own the Moreland Farmers Pantry, are not anti-gay at all.

“We have no hateful bones in our body,” said Childs.

Sean O’Riordan posted a video on YouTube that called out the owners of a local market for anti-gay remarks one of them posted on Facebook, April 3, 2014. (KOIN)
Sean O’Riordan posted a video on YouTube that called out the owners of a local market for anti-gay remarks one of them posted on Facebook, April 3, 2014. (KOIN)

Sean O’Riordan is the man behind the YouTube video that digs into the background of John Childs and his wife, Chauncy Childs.

In the video, which can be viewed below, O’Riordan shares Facebook posts from a Lynn Brice, who is Chauncy Childs, calling her out for what O’Riordan said is bigoted and homophobic rhetoric.

John Childs said he has been doing damage control ever since the video was posted on Monday, saying his wife is not at all anti-gay and that they have gay friends and relatives and love them all.

According to John Childs, the messages were not about discrimination but rather a “libertarian belief.”

O’Riordan said he just thinks people thinking about shopping at the Moreland Farmers Pantry should know what he found on the internet about its one owner.

“If you say something and I find it offensive or if I find it wrong, I have children I’m raising and I’m (going to) show them this is how you react  to that,” said O’Riordan.

O’Riordan said he will not put up with a business being bigoted in his neighborhood.

The Childs said they are not being bigoted and plan to make a donation to a gay and lesbian cause to prove bigotry is not their makeup.

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