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Security Guard at Minneapolis' Target Field Tells Lesbian Couple Not to Kiss, and 'Adhere to Ten Commandments'


A security guard at Minneapolis' Target Stadium told Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper, a lesbian couple who briefly kissed as they separated to go to the bathroom at a Twins game, that they couldn't kiss.

Said the guard: "Here in the stadium we expect to adhere to the Ten Commandments."

WCCO reports:

They spoke to the manager and were not satisfied. They want a “zero tolerance policy at Target Field, and have filed a complaint with the State Human Rights Department. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith said the guard, who has worked for the organization for nearly a decade, has been reprimanded for his actions, but continues to work at the stadium.

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  1. As someone who suffered in Catholic school from Kindergarten all the way through high school, I can safely say that a lesbian smooch is not frowned apon by The Ten Commandments. Perhaps, Moses missed Commandments 11-20 on the back of the stone tablets.

    Posted by: shaun | Jun 17, 2011 8:41:42 AM

  2. @Shaun: Exactly... I find it hilarious how these god-botherers don't even know their own rules.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jun 17, 2011 8:47:19 AM

  3. I take it no one can steal bases at a Twins Game?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 17, 2011 8:47:49 AM

  4. It's not that they don't know it. It's that they don't care to know it, because being a God believer in their eyes is more for show and not for real. They simply say "I believe in God" to feel good about themselves and delude themselves into thinking they are "moral." And then use those delusional beliefs to justify personal hate towards those they hold bias against.

    As for Target Field management, they need to make this better by creating that no-tolerance policy and by giving season passes to the two ladies. This may have been an isolated incident, but it's one that should have been avoided. Target Field and the Twins organization has done a good job supporting the LGBT community in the past but they need to take control of this situation and prevent a future incident such as this.

    Goes to show that even in a city like Minneapolis, haters are everywhere.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 17, 2011 9:08:12 AM

  5. if he'd told a black or Jewish couple not to kiss you can bet he wouldve been shitcanned.

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Jun 17, 2011 9:16:44 AM

  6. Maggie: "It's like the ten commandments saying, you know. 'Be true to thine own self, and to thine own self..'"
    Michael: "'... be true.' Yeah, number seven."

    Gob: "And now you love the Ten Commandments. And yet you're the one who so conveniently forgot 'Thou shalt protect thy father and honor no one above him unless it be-ith me, thy sweet Lord.'"
    Michael: "I'm not sure that one made it down the mountain, Gob."

    There's are "Arrested Development" quotes for everything.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Jun 17, 2011 9:36:11 AM

  7. He forgot the 11th commandment: Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 17, 2011 9:56:34 AM

  8. I am joining what's expected to be a crowd of more than 4000 LGBT people at Washington's Nationals Park next Tuesday for Night OUT. You can bet we'll see more than a few same-sex smooches there for the baseball game that night.

    In addition, organizers are advertizing pre-game ceremonies with Daniel Hernandez (the gay intern from Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' office), John Berry (Director of Office of Personnel Management), Amanda Simpson (first openly transgendered Presidential appointee). And the national anthem will be performed by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington and the DC Different Drummers.

    Posted by: Guy from DC | Jun 17, 2011 9:59:18 AM

  9. He must have felt emboldened by being in TARGET Stadium after all.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jun 17, 2011 10:08:40 AM

  10. This is the second week in a row where some knob working as a security guard has enlightened us on the bible. How entertaining! They are too ignorant to know that we don't care, or the are just using their religion to thinly veil their hate and intolerance.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 17, 2011 10:19:51 AM

  11. I can't even begin to figure out where it's part of a security guard's job to stop ANYONE from kissing.

    Having sex, OK, I get that.

    But simply kissing? A quick peck? This is so odd. Like most religio-wingnuts, this guy obviously has a lot of control issues.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 17, 2011 10:30:10 AM

  12. This is why the wannabees are rent-a-cops and not cops. They fail the psych tests - too much into control.

    Posted by: Dickster | Jun 17, 2011 10:45:45 AM

  13. Though I don't see why he still has a job, the stupidity of his comment made me chuckle. He's obviously never read the 10 Commandments, and likely assumes they cover whatever personal biases he has and takes for granted.
    Even Jesus questioned Simon as if something was wrong when he DIDN'T kiss him.

    Posted by: Gregv | Jun 17, 2011 11:04:41 AM

  14. First thing I would have asked is which commandment says anything about kissing or lesbians. Idiot.

    Posted by: Wes | Jun 17, 2011 12:04:12 PM

  15. Oh it's on now, I hope every homo in the Twin Cities area goes to at least one baseball game this season, and indulges in tasteful, casual, well-timed pecks and smooches in front of this guard who is still working and now, having been reprimanded, must keep his opinions to himself. Delicious!

    Posted by: Clint | Jun 17, 2011 12:10:50 PM

  16. I kind of like that he wasn't fired, but reprimanded. If he was fired he would have been extra bitter and blamed the gays for doing it to him, but being reprimanded he can learn what he did was wrong and it could end up being positive.

    Posted by: NoSleep4Sam | Jun 17, 2011 12:11:57 PM

  17. Um, I just checked my portable copy of The Ten Commandments and I see nothing about Lesbians not being able to kiss in public. Maybe there's a sub-Commandment I don't know about?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 17, 2011 12:13:07 PM

  18. If these two chicks had fake boobs popping out the top of hooters tshirts, fake eyelashes, cherry red lipstick, and big hair this would never have happened. I guarantee! Instead of a smart comment they would have had cheers and catcalls.

    Its because they look like suburbanites and the kiss wasn't sexy that this wad has decided to make a comment.

    Posted by: Rin | Jun 17, 2011 12:18:05 PM

  19. As I remember the 10 commandments, they don't exactly mention lesbians, do they?

    Posted by: Kári | Jun 17, 2011 12:26:28 PM

  20. I think it's Commandment six, subset B, article 19, paragraph 4, whcih reads: Any assclown can approach you in the baseball stadium and starts talking his/her religion.

    The Twins need to do an "It Gets Better" video and the dumbass who made the comment needs to do two things: learn the Ten Commandments so he can recite them outloud to these women and then apologize for getting up in their business and being wrong.

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 17, 2011 12:29:50 PM

  21. In theory, if city or state owned property they can't be ejected for kissing, but in practice security guards have such wide latitude that there's not much they can do about it. On the flip side, they can probably sue.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 17, 2011 12:42:38 PM

  22. I have to say I do like how the stadium handled the situation

    Posted by: Joseph | Jun 17, 2011 1:06:15 PM

  23. That security guard is obviously a christian fundamentalist behaving like one of those bearded Iranian revolutionary guards. Christian fundamentalists would be pleased to change the U.S.A. in something like Iran, if we let them.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Jun 17, 2011 1:08:39 PM

  24. The guy should be fired. A security guard who makes up his own rules is trouble. Anyone in a uniform should understand command and control, it doesn't originate with them.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 17, 2011 1:22:11 PM

  25. Please make my day: sign and spread my petition to get this knuckle-dragging bully transferred out of Biblical Enforcer position.


    Posted by: Molly K, | Jun 17, 2011 1:47:01 PM

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