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Lesbians told: "Stop kissing or leave"

Sun 1 Jun 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

Sirbrina Guerrero says she was approached at a baseball game and told to stop kissing her girlfriend after a woman complained to staff at Seattle's Safeco Field that they were "groping and making out." Guerrero was told by a seating host that the woman didn't want to explain to her son why two women were kissing, but she refused to give in, reports PageOneQ. "If you want to kick me out, you're going to have to," she told the host. After the exchange, Guerrero took pictures of heterosexual couples kissing that were not targeted by staff. "We were eating garlic fries," Guerrero told the reporter, when asked if she and her partner were acting inappropriately or "carrying on." "The last thing we want to do is make out with each other." While a portion of Safeco Field's code of conduct mentions "displays of affection not appropriate in a public, family setting," Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale responded later by saying that they don't specifically target same-sex couples. "We would like folks to know that we're treating these complaints and concerns very seriously," Hale said. "We've definitely not got a policy that states that if you're gay, you can't kiss at Safeco Field. Our policy is, if your behaviour is inappropriate in a public setting, we are going to proactively intervene." Hale also said that the couple were not kicked out by the seating host, but spent a "good chunk" of the game filing their formal complaint at Guest Services. "This is not a place where we are targeting people based on sexual orientation or any other classification," Hale went on. "Our goal is to have an atmosphere where everyone is welcome." "If it turns out we were in error, we'll do what we can to make it right."    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 1st June 2008 - 11:07am

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