Reporting Roseanne Tellez
(CBS) — A kiss is just a kiss — unless it gets two men kicked out of a cab.
Now it’s a discrimination lawsuit. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez has this follow-up to a previous report.
It was last May when Matt McCrea and Steven White first talked about their scare in the back of a cab. A taxi driver ordered them out of the cab when they exchanged a tame kiss, they say.
And it was late, in the rain, on the Kennedy, with lots of traffic. The men refused to get out until police arrived.
Monday, the men were at the offices of Lambda Legal to fight back with a lawsuit.
“We shouldn’t have been treated like this, and we need to let other people know it’s not OK to be treated like this,” McCrea says.
Attorney Christopher Clark says Illinois human-rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
“Unfortunately, anti-gay discrimination is alive and well,” Clark says.
The complaint filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights asks for compensatory and other damages.
Sun Taxi did not return calls to CBS 2 for comment. A manager told the Associated Press that the cab driver was fired right after the alleged incident; he declined further comment.