A gay couple was told to leave a Texas restaurant, with a waitress saying ‘We don’t serve fags here.’
Colin Dewberry and partner Kelly Williams are speaking out after being thrown out and humiliated at Big Earl’s Restauant in Pittsberg on Tuesday morning (27 May).
They said they had eaten their breakfast, paid, but were stopped on their way out and told to never come back.
‘We’ve never had that kind of hate displayed to us before,’ Dewberry said.
They explained the waitress then recited the following phrase: ‘Here at Big Earl’s we like for men to act like men and for ladies to act like ladies, so we want you to never return.’
Earl Cheney, the restaurant, defended his daughter – the waitress – and her behavior saying they were disobeying their policy.
The policy, which was quoted by the waitress, is on a sign posted on the front door of the restaurant.
Cheney told KLTV the two men were ‘touching legs’, and that was what broke the policy. He has also said his policy is a ‘Christian’ one.
‘I didn’t go over there to inspect to see what he was rubbing. That’s just not appropriate in a family restaurant that has a sign on the front door that we just don’t do that here,’ he said.
‘She’s a young lady, didn’t know what else to say, and they just kept on and she finally said we just don’t like fags.’
The owner said ‘plenty of gay couples’ eat at his restaurant and they are welcome to do so as long as they follow the policy.
‘A man’s supposed to stand up and be a leader. He’s not supposed to be a woman. He’s not supposed to come in here in a dress,’ he said.
Several reviews for the restaurant have been posted online in support of the gay couple.
‘Well fortunate that people like me aren’t welcome to eat at your store huh,’ one said. ‘Wouldn’t want to spend my money on bigotry anyway.’
According to Pittsburgh City Non-Discrimination Code, Big Earl’s does not have the right to refuse service based on sexual orientation. Unless he can prove the couple was acting in a disorderly fashion, the couple could rightfully sue.