An East Texas couple says they were told not to return to Big Earl's Restaurant because they are gay. Restaurant management tells a different story.

The sign on the door reads,

"Welcome to BIG EARLS

Where MEN act like MEN

WOMEN act like WOMEN


We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"

Collin Dewberry and his partner Kelly Williams say they were told, "We don't serve f*** here."

Owner Earl Cheney said the men were touching legs while they ate their breakfast, and it was that behavior -- not their sexual orientation -- that got them banned.

This begs the question:  Can a privately-owned business refuse service to people for whatever reasons they choose? In this case, the owner says the two were acting inappropriately. Is this a valid reason? Could service be refused to parents whose children are crying or boisterous? Could patrons be kicked out of an establishment for using their cellphones?

How far can the boundaries of "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service" be pushed?

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