Chicago gay couple sues cab company for kicking them out because they kissed
A gay Chicago couple is suing a local taxi cab company after a driver behaved “recklessly” and kicked them out of his cab for kissing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Wednesday.
Matthew McCrea and Steven White state in their lawsuit against Sun Taxi that that the driver objected to a “simple, one second in length, kiss” they shared inside his cab while riding into the city from O’Hare International Airport in May 2013. After they kissed, the suit stated, the driver began flashing the vehicle’s interior lights on and off.
The lawsuit follows an October 2013 complaint the couple filed with the city, which identifies the driver as Jama Anshur.
“I feel bad for what happened. I don’t have anything against anybody,” a Sun Taxi spokesperson told WLS-TV at the time. “But these guys are independent contractors. I can’t control them. This is being blown out of proportion.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that, according to the suit, Anshur told McCrea, “This is public transportation” after McCrea asked if there was a problem.
Anshur then allegedly ordered White and McCrea out of the cab while it was parked on the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway despite the dark, rainy weather at the time.
When the couple refused, the lawsuit stated, Anshur re-entered the expressway and started “driving recklessly, swerving into traffic.” White called the city’s 311 services number, and was transferred to a 911 dispatcher.
The driver subsequently stopped in a nearby grocery store parking lot, where he allegedly told police that the couple was “making sex” inside the vehicle.
“I told them to stop,” Anshur told the Sun-Times. “It was raining. I couldn’t drive with something like that. I have to drive safely because it’s raining.”
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