Galveston has long been known to be a welcoming place for gays. So a news report causing a stir on social media and elsewhere was a bit of a surprise.
A Houston news station is reporting that a gay couple was evicted from a Galveston rental home because of their sexuality.
Here’s an excerpt from KTRK TV’s report, which does not name the rental property nor the full name of the owner, who told the news station she was within her legal and moral rights:
"The popular home renting website has banned a user after allegations surfaced that she kicked a gay couple out of the home she rented to them through the site last weekend.
"We like bed and breakfast," said Jonathan Wang. "This home was very gorgeous."
Wang said he fell in love with the Galveston home rental and quickly booked a two-night stay at about $140 a night. He said he and his partner Brent were in Galveston for a friend's wedding.
"We went in and took a tour of the house on our own. Everything looked really nice," said Wang.
After unpacking their bags and heading to the wedding reception, they returned to the bed and breakfast and began speaking to the owner.
"Heather asked me, where my wife was. Who is this person? I said it was my significant other Brent. She said I thought you were bringing a wife. I said I didn't say that specifically. I said is that going to be OK? She said. It's not," said Wang.
Wang said the hosts told them to get out. He said he began packing his things.
"She also commented while we were going upstairs that was their bedroom upstairs so they were even more uncomfortable with it," said Wang.
A short time later, Wang said he found himself out on the street with nowhere else to go. He said it was late Friday night and every hotel he called was booked."