Saturday, April 01, 2006

News of the Strange

This just boggles the mind. The Associated Press reports:

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- A Swedish court has imposed a 20,000 kronor ($2,600) fine on a woman kennel owner who refused to sell a puppy to a lesbian.

The kennel owner, who was not identified, had initially been willing to sell the woman a puppy but changed her mind when she found out the woman was living with a lesbian partner, according to Sweden's discrimination ombudsman, a government watchdog who filed the lawsuit.
What goes through the brains (I hesitate to say "minds") of people like this? Did this woman fear that the lesbians would molest the dog? Is she convinced that every puppy deserves a mommy owner and a daddy owner? Is she just &#!%*$ nuts?

I should point out that, despite the date displayed above this post, this is apparently not an April Fool's Day joke, as much as one might like it to be. The AP timestamped this story "Mar. 31, 11:14 AM EST" and it's been picked up by a large number of legitimate news organizations.