Gay Couple Kicked Out of Texas Club For Dancing Together

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Justin Meyer and James Douglas, a same-sex couple, was thrown out of a country bar in Victoria, Texas for dancing together, according to a report.

“It's not acceptable for men to dance together in the type of business that we run,” Cactus Canyon spokesperson Roger Gearhart told a local station.

Women dancing together is acceptable, however, he says.

Meyer and Douglas complained of the club’s discriminatory policies after the couple went out for a night of dancing Saturday, only to be booted.

The owner confronted the two men and told them they couldn’t dance together because they were men and for “security reasons.” Or so he claims.

The men said a manager approached them and told them Cactus Canyon had a policy "barring two men from dancing together to country music."

The incident occurred Saturday night when Meyer, 21, said he and Douglas, 30, were dancing together to the country song "Cowboys and Angels."

Perhaps most incredibly, Douglas claims the manager actually told them that they could dance together to rap or hip-hop music, but not country.

"So you're telling me it's okay for me to bump and grind my boyfriend to the song "Bubble Butt," but we can't dance a two-step?" Douglas said.

Later, Cactus Canyon's director of operations, Robert Dillender, insisted that the two men were asked to leave because they were being disruptive.

Regardless, the caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, said Tom Hargis, ACLU-Texas director of communications.

The organization now plans to reach out to the couple, Hargis said.

Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said the line between a private company's and an individual's rights in cases like this largely depends on city ordinances.

"Austin has accommodations that would have prohibited that type of discrimination," Harrington said. "But a lot of it depends on the facts of the case as it emerges."

The city of Victoria, where this took place, has no accommodations.