CHICAGO—Lambda Legal on Oct. 28 filed a lawsuit on behalf of a gay couple who said a cab driver forced them to leave his car after they kissed.
The LGBT advocacy group said in a press release that Steven White and Matthew McCrea on May 30 entered a Sun Taxi cab at O’Hare International Airport. The men claim the driver pulled over onto the shoulder of a Chicago expressway after they “exchanged a brief kiss” and demanded they get out of the taxi in spite of heavy traffic and rain.
Lambda Legal said the driver pulled over on a Chicago expressway after the couple “exchanged a brief kiss” and demanded they get out, even though it was raining.
White and McCrea said they refused to leave the cab. The lawsuit says the driver then drove to the nearest exit, stopped at a parking lot and once again demanded they get out of the cab.
White and McCrea said the 311 operator with whom they were initially speaking transferred them to 911 – and a responding police officer waited with them until another taxi picked them up.
“When the driver demanded that we get out of the cab, I was afraid,” McCrea said.
Christopher Clark, senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal, said the alleged incident is a violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodation.