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Monday, December 23, 2013 - 12:22pm
Victoria, TX (KAVU) — A Texas couple says they were discriminated against at a country Western club, because they're gay, but, the club's owner says, the club was just following its policy, Nicole Hickl has the story.
Justin Meyer and James Douglas just wanted to take a spin around the dance floor at the Cactus Country Club Saturday night, instead, they were asked to leave.
Justin Meyer, "I feel like it's complete discrimination. I don't understand."
An openly gay couple, they say they were discriminated against and issued a no trespassing warning, simply because they were dancing together.
James Douglas, "He told me they have a policy that states that they don't allow males to dance with males to country songs. I said just country, and he said yes."
The couple says they were told they weren't allowed to dance together because they were men and for security reasons.
Justin Meyer, "I said will you please show me your policy but he kept brushing it under the table."
We talked with Roger Gearhart, a corporate spokesperson for Cactus Canyon, about the policy, "For many decades it's acceptable for women to dance together in all kind of clubs... But it's not acceptable for men to dance together in the type of business that we run."
Gearhart says they do in fact have a policy prohibiting men from dancing together, but he says the couple was asked to leave because of the confrontation not because of their sexual orientation.
Justin and James say they believe that's exactly why they were asked to leave, "Why should we feel like we are afraid to go out in public just because of the way we were born."