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Chicago Cabbie Sued for Kicking Gay Couple Out of Taxi For Kissing


Back in June, we reported on a Chicago cabbie who tried to force Steven White and his boyfriend Matt McCrea from his cab on the side of the rain-drenched Kennedy Expressway after they kissed briefly in the back seat. CBS Chicago reported then:

During the ride, McCrea "leaned over to look at something on the phone and then he leaned in to kiss me," White recalls.

McCrea says it was a closed-mouth kiss that lasted all of a second. It did not go over well with their cab driver, the two men say. "He indicated that it was a public mode of transportation and we shouldn't kiss in his cab," White says. "He pulled the cab over and stopped and wanted us to get out - on the Kennedy."

Now, Lambda Legal has filed a complaint on behalf of the couple:

"A taxi-cab company, like any other business in Illinois that offers services to the public, is bound by the Illinois Human Rights Act to not discriminate based on sexual orientation, among other protected categories," said Christopher Clark, Senior Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal. "What happened to Steven and Matthew was not only hurtful and unlawful, it illustrates exactly why Illinois' citizens need the state's long-standing Human Rights Act to protect them against dangerous situations like this."

At the time, the cab driver claimed the couple was "making sex," but police found no evidence to support that claim. 

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  1. I see the story hasn't changed whether they were dropped off on an expressway or in a grocery store parking lot. The story says both, but I know which they'll use in court. Yeah, they were ejected but why embellish other than to embellish.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 28, 2013 7:33:48 PM

  2. "It was 11:30 p.m. The Park Ridge Police Department was called where the couple was dropped off at a grocery store on South Cumberland. The driver said the couple was “making sex,” but police found no proof of the claim."

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 28, 2013 7:35:22 PM

  3. A rude cab driver in chicago?? Never! /sarc

    Posted by: rudy | Oct 28, 2013 7:40:08 PM

  4. I give my business to Uber or Lyft. Much safer and an over all better experience.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 28, 2013 8:04:34 PM

  5. What is making sex? They were definitely not making baby.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 28, 2013 8:26:50 PM

  6. I would kiss either of them in a taxi. Just sayin’.

    Posted by: colin | Oct 28, 2013 8:39:34 PM

  7. didn't the cabbie lose his medallion?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 28, 2013 8:56:30 PM

  8. Why wasn't the cab driver named?

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 29, 2013 12:15:18 AM

  9. Never mind, they did name the drive: Jama Anshur.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 29, 2013 12:18:51 AM

  10. This cab driver, like many more he symbolizes, is not going to change his attitude. He needs to get a job which insures that his opinions do not effect the public.

    Posted by: uffda | Oct 29, 2013 12:59:40 AM

  11. to quote Salt N Pepa, people should stop making sex and start making love. Shame!

    Posted by: SaltyDog | Oct 29, 2013 9:31:29 AM

  12. Uh, since when is a once-second peck on the lips "making sex". Sounds like the cabbie was from, well, never mind.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 29, 2013 1:30:47 PM

  13. Mike, they said he "tried" to evict them on the expressway but ultimately dropped them off at the grocery store. No inconsistencies. They kissed when on the expressway and he told them to get out, they refused and probably argued with him while he kept driving until they got to the store.

    Posted by: DJDeeJay | Oct 29, 2013 1:36:47 PM

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