October 31, 2013 at 11:20 am EDT | by Staff reports
Gay couple sues taxi company
Steven White, Matthew McCrea, kiss, discrimination, gay news, Washington Blade

Steven White and Matthew McCrea (Image via YouTube)

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.

  • I am glad to see Lambda Legal represents 2 guys getting tossed out of a cab for Kissing..This is a Really Really High Profile Case!! OMG, Cabs Every where and can't decide which one to take?? They will be Scared for Life!! That being said, I asked for Lambda Legals help, I was told, "My Case Was Not High Profile to take on" as my Partner of 34 years was taken away by his sister, Lying in Court, Ignoring I held POA for my Partner, Filed for Guardianship and Won! She locked him in a Nursing Home and I am Banned from seeing him! Most visitors have had the Police called on them, including my last Lawyer! I am so glad these Two guys are able to Kiss Again..As I am still barred from seeing my Partner!!

  • I don't "like" it though…

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