Gay Couple Told Not to Return to Texas Restaurant Because They ‘Don’t Serve Fags’
A gay couple says they were told not to return to a restaurant in East Texas because, as the owner’s daughter put it, they don’t “serve fags.”
Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelley wanted to check out Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store because it is reportedly a popular local restaurant. Collin says everything was fine until they paid their check.
Dewberry says “after I paid, her countenance seemed to change drastically.”
Owner Big Earl Cheney says “she told them the rules are on the door and it says ‘Welcome to Big Earl’s where men act like men, women act like ladies, no saggy pants and we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”
Dewberry says “and so I laughed and asked what do you mean? And that’s when she said to us, ‘to put it plainly, we don’t serve fags here.’”
Cheney says they were asked not to come back because of how they acted.
Cheney said “what I saw was one of them half way under the table with his legs stretched out into the other guy’s lap. And he kind of looked really possum eyed at me as they say it in East Texas, he kind of looked at me like ‘uh-oh.’”
Dewberry says “we’re sitting on separate sides of the booth and really not even doing much talking because it was early in the morning and we were just sitting around waiting for our breakfast.”
Cheney says the couple still isn’t welcome back.
Gay Rights Attorney John Nechman points out that “we don’t have protections in most parts of Texas for Gay and Lesbian people, other than in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso. There’s really no protections to go after someone because they’ve made a slur.”