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

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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. 

Comments

  1. MIke says

    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.

  2. MIke says

    “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.”

  3. uffda says

    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.

  4. DJDeeJay says

    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.

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