University Club liquor manager resigns amid controversy


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Posted Online: June 23, 2012, 6:32 pm
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By Laura Anderson Shaw, landerson@qconline.com
MOLINE -- The liquor manager of The University Club of Moline has resigned after her decision not to allow a gay couple to rent the venue stirred up hundreds of Quad-Citians.

WQAD-TV reported last week that manager Kristen Stewart told a gay woman, "We don't rent to homosexual couples."

On Friday, University Club president Perry Stewart said that Ms. Stewart, his wife, was mistaken. On Saturday in an emailed statement, he said that she has resigned.

In the statement, Mr. Stewart said he first wanted to express the University Club's "deepest apologies" to Taylor Shumaker of Davenport, the woman who had inquired about renting the venue.

The apology also was extended to "the entire community, for all the deep hurt that was caused by Kristen's mistake by expressing her own personal beliefs while representing the University Club.

"The University Club has and always will have an open door policy in which all are welcome."

Ms. Stewart said Friday that she had nothing more to say about the incident, but her husband said she had "personal convictions" that meant she would not participate in same-sex events.

Two current staff members have stepped in to fill Ms. Stewart's position, according to the statement.

"These two young women are bright, energetic and fully embrace our open door policy where all are welcome."






 












 



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