Calif. Mall Apologizes For Booting Kissing Gay Couple
Officials from Westfield Mall in Roseville, Calif., a northeastern Sacramento suburb, have apologized for kicking out a gay couple who were thrown out for kissing, Roseville (Calif.) Patch reports.
The apology came on Saturday after a "kiss-in" protested the ejection of Daniel Chesmore, 21, and his boyfriend Jose Guzman, 24, who said a mere peck on the check so offended a security guard on March 2 that he booted them from the mall.
"I kissed him on the cheek. That’s how my boyfriend and I show affection," Chesmore said. The couple also said they recorded a security guard when he told them to stop kissing. "If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period," the voice on the recording said. "I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple [...] about this."
After the couple’s story made national headlines, about 250 LGBT couples came together to protest the incident for what was billed as a "Love is Love" event at the mall. Carrie Martin, who helped organize the protest, said she’s not upset with the guard who told Chesmore and Guzman to leave the mall for kissing.
"The reality is that people are still uncomfortable and don’t know what to do around queer people," she added. "It’s not hateful."