Businessmen Leon Moeder and Michael Carmody create new kind of welcome sign

UPDATED — With the speed of social media, businessman Leon Moeder is getting his wish.

On Saturday, Moeder expressed his frustration with a Kansas House bill, which the Senate then rejected, to allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples. On Facebook, he wrote: “I want a window sign that says, ‘WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO EVERYONE.’”

Michael Carmody within seconds said . . . he would prepare something,” Moeder says of his tenant, who is co-owner of the Donut Whole.

“They’re at the printers right now,” Moeder says.

By this afternoon, he’ll have 500 at his real estate office at 122 S. Hydraulic.

“First off, it’s the right thing to do,” Moeder says. “I just have a problem with people being mean to other people.”

There’s a rally to end inequality in Topeka on Tuesday, and Moeder hopes someone can take his signs there.

“You know, Kansas was founded on progressive ideas,” he says.

“It’s a shame where we’ve (come) that we would think these ideas.”

Carmody says he’s “not in the business of serving like-minded people.”

“We don’t feel it’s in the best interest of America or the best interest of Kansas to discriminate against people based on the mere fact of who they are,” he says. “We’re entitled to be individuals in America. We don’t have to agree on things, but we have to respect one another. That’s what makes us strong as a nation.”

The signs are free, and Moeder says he’s open to printing more if they’re needed.

He suggests business owners put the signs near their cash registers or in the windows of their businesses.

“I don’t care where you put them,” Moeder says. “It would be wonderful to see a lot of people . . . join in on this.”