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Ouster of gay couple from Fayetteville bar creates national backlash

Posted September 17, 2015

— A Fayetteville bar owner who kicked a gay couple out because of public displays of affection said Thursday she is getting threats from across the country via social media because of her actions.

Dustin Baker and Andrew Deras said Thursday that they went to listen to a band at Louie's Sports Pub on Robeson Street last Friday, and the owner confronted them when they started showing each other some affection.

"He put his arm around me, he gave me a kiss, and she said this wasn't right, this wasn't OK," said Deras, who was visiting from California. "She threatened both of us. He gave me a kiss. It was very minor. It was just a peck. It was two seconds."

Bar owner Pam Griffin said the kiss was more than just a kiss, and other customers were complaining. So, she said, she asked the couple to cool it.

"I walked up to them calmly. I asked them guys, you know, can you kind of just separate, kind of move apart?" Griffin said. "I don't care if you stay and drink. We don't need to be doing that, and just calm down because you're making people feel uncomfortable."

She said they then laughed and gave each other another big kiss.

"I just gave Andrew a kiss, and that's when she started getting really crazy," said Baker, a hair stylist in Fayetteville. "She's saying, 'This is enough. This is enough,' like basically telling us to get out."

The couple paid their bill and left.

Griffin said Baker and Deras weren't asked to leave because they are gay, only because, in her opinion, they were causing a disturbance. She noted that a heterosexual couple was acting similarly in the bar two weeks ago, and she likewise asked them to stop.

Baker and Deras could have stayed at the bar if they had complied with her request, she said.

Fayetteville attorney Mike Boose, who has no connection to the dispute, said Griffin had every right to ask the couple to leave.

"By the accounts that I heard is that, if then the response is to take it up a notch, then I think it was wholly appropriate to quell it," Boose said.


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  • Wesley Cole Sep 18, 2015
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    Wake up people if straight couples can kiss in public and if we let str8 couples continue to kiss inside a gay bars then DEAL WITH IT, we can kiss in your bar and in public or you can kiss our collective rump

  • Catherine Bearden Sep 18, 2015
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    I would prefer everyone keep PDA to a minimum. Save it for the bedroom.

  • Geneva Smith Sep 18, 2015
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    DJOFRALEIGH ANDERSON , what you said.

  • Salatheal Hasty Sep 18, 2015
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    LOL...."Bar Owner Throws Couple Out For To Much PDA"...no headlines...no Backlash...insert the word "Gay"....and there goes the world in a crying spell because their rights were violated...Insert Race...Religion...Sexual preference...Political Party into something and the crowd goes wild....

  • Marc Nichols Sep 18, 2015
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    LOL. that is some serious hair gel

  • Chris Perry Sep 18, 2015
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    Funniest post of the day. They look like two George Michael wannabes from way back in the day when George Michael still was not cool. HAHAHA

  • K Hope Capps Sep 18, 2015
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    Those are some serious allegations. Also, simply being gay does not make you a sex offender.

    As to the situation in the article.... Sounds like the bar owner was in the right, here. Especially if she's asked all kinds of couples having PDA to stop. Any straight couples ever been asked to stop/leave while at this establishment?

  • Marc Nichols Sep 18, 2015
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    Notice how the unbiased the attorney is - he takes the bar owners account as truth and mentions nothing about the opposite party's story.

  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 18, 2015
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    New day and age. The number of possible sexual mates has just doubled. People wanted this, courts and adminstration supported it, so get used to men kissing men. Primary school textbooks are going to be showing daddy kissing daddy bye at the door.

  • Arron Lee Sep 18, 2015
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    This is getting so old. If I was in an establishment and saw this type of "display of affection," I would just get up leave myself. Business are going to have to decide who is more important for their revenues.