July 10, 2008
Bristol City Council wants to prune bushes and remove cover from an area known as the Downs to improve the landscape and encourage rare wildlife.
But its own gay rights group has opposed the move, claiming that cutting back the bushes was "discriminating" to homosexual men who used the area for late night outdoor sex known as dogging.
Work on the beauty spot has been temporarily delayed while talks with gay rights groups take place to try and break the deadlock.
According to the article, yes, screwing in the bushes is illegal, but they're having this ridiculous debate anyway. I mean, it's not like there aren't any hotels in the Bristol area. I'm sure they'd be happy to have these "gentlemen" as paying guests, but yeah, cutting back overgrown bushes where people congregate to have illegal public sex is discrimination. I'd say "Get a room," if I wasn't afraid of a Hate Crime lawsuit.
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