Updated: 12/25/2013 10:18 am
Victoria, TX (KAVU) - Their story is so controversial, it's gaining national attention.
Justin Meyer and James Douglas just wanted to take a spin around the dance floor at the Cactus Canyon country bar Saturday night, instead, they were asked to leave.
"I feel like its complete discrimination. I don't understand,” Meyer said
An openly gay couple, they said they were discriminated against and issued a no trespassing warning simply because they were dancing together.
"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,” Douglas said.
The couple said they were told they were not allowed to dance together because they were men and for security reasons.
"I said will you please show me your policy but he kept brushing it under the table," Meyer said.
Newscenter 25's Nicole Hickl spoke with Roger Gearhart, a corporate spokesperson for Cactus Canyon about that policy. Gearhart said, "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 said they do in fact have a policy prohibiting men from dancing together, but he said the couple was asked to leave because of the confrontation not because of their sexual orientation.
Meyer and Douglas said 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,” Douglas said.
Hundreds of comments have flooded the Newscenter 25 facebook page since the couple's story aired. Some backed the bar saying, "If you own the business, you should make the rules." Others said, "They shouldn't ban men from dancing together, they let women do it."
We caught up with lawyer Geep Hardy, who said the policy is discriminatory but legal.
"There is very little nondiscrimination law that prevents discrimination against sexual orientation," Hardy said.
A representative at the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that protects people from discrimination, said they would take a closer look at the couple's story.As for what's next, Meyer and Douglas said they just hope their voices were heard. They said that another local country bar in Victoria reached out to them saying they are welcome there.