Texas Restauarant Tells Couple “We Don’t Serve Fags,” L.A. LGBT Center Gets Major Overhaul: Today In Gay

DewberryA gay couple in a Texas restaurant were given an unwelcome tip by their waitress when she told them, “We don’t serve fags here.”

Boyfriends Collin Dewberry and Kelly Williams had already finished their meal at Big Earl’s Bait House and Country Store in Pittsburg, Texas, when their unnamed server explained “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.”

“We’ve never had that kind of hate displayed to us before,” Dewberry told KLTV. “It was just so nonchalantly, almost like she was reading a piece of paper.”

Actually, she was reading the sign posted on the restaurant’s front door.

Big Earl’s posted a message on its Facebook wall yesterday, responding to the incident:

My goodness, does anyone read or study? Big Earl has spent his life in the military to defend this country and will be happy to explain the constitution to you. Earl is well versed in the Bible and Christianity, has travelled the world and is well educated. It would have been nice for the full interview to have played in order to explain the background to what caused the incidence. The quote “we don’t serve fags here” was never said, instead, after being badgered, the young lady said “We do not like fags”. The behavior portrayed by the young couple was simply inappropriate and would have been considered so no matter what sexual orientation.

In a later post, management indicated that “the numerous phone calls received tonight from people that feel the same way we do has been outstanding. We have new customers due to the news story, and will continue to feel the same way.”

orrin hatchEven the GOP is acknowledging that marriage equality is winning the day—well, certain GOP politicians, anyway: Republican stalwart Orrin Hatch told KSL Radio’s Doug Wright that same-sex marriage will soon be legal nationwide.

“Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Sen. Hatch (R-UT), who favors a constitutional ban on such unions. “There is a question whether [the courts] should be able to tell the states what they can or cannot do with something as important as marriage, but the trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and anybody who doesn’t admit that just isn’t living in the real world…  I don’t think that’s the right way to go, on the other hand, I do accept whatever the courts have to say.”

And he’s not pointing a finger at so-called activist judges, either: “How do you blame the judge for deciding a case in accordance with what the Supreme Court has already articulated?”

Don’t go celebrating just yet—in the same interview Hatch declared the federal government was unfairly imposing its will on the 50 states and insisted “we’re in danger of losing our religious freedom and our rights.”

DentAnother GOP congressman has voiced a stronger defense of marriage equality: Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told The Washington Post that “life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage.”

A federal court judge recently overturned Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives,” added Dent, who is also a co-sponsor of the Employee Nondiscrimination Act. “I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well”

LosangeleslgbtcenterLike many residents in the City of Angels, L.A.’s main gay organization is getting a name change and a facelift: The newly-rechristianed Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign as part of an expansion effort that will double the number of beds it provides for homeless LGBT youth and provide 100 units for elderly LGBT.

When completed, the campus will span more than a city block and offer arts, educational and cultural facilities, housing, and health and medical services.

Donors have already pledged $19 million toward the $25-million goal.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.