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US: Gay couple asked to leave shopping centre for kissing and holding hands

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  1. Ian Bower 5 Mar 2013, 3:01pm

    So many things heterosexual people take for granted. :(

  2. Dan Filson 5 Mar 2013, 3:17pm

    Is this part of the Westfield chain of which we have examples at Shepherds Bush (White City) and Stratford, here in England? If so, a retreat by Westfield is in order if they don’t want a very well organised protest and boycott campaign!

  3. MerlynHerne 5 Mar 2013, 4:02pm

    I am so sick and tired of the double standard crap in the US. Straight couplesrarely get called on their PDA, but let a same-sex couple hold ands and kiss and all hell breaks loose. Sad that this still happening in 2013.

  4. Brett Gibson 5 Mar 2013, 5:36pm

    “We contact any couple”

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight and my father is jesus.

  5. Randy Red 5 Mar 2013, 5:49pm

    I live in Sacramento, California, and this is a local story getting a lot of publicity. There is a kiss-in scheduled at the mall for this Saturday, so stay tuned!

  6. the problem is, its not the norm to see two men/women kissing, so when people do see it, they react, often badly especially in smaller communities.
    We just need to make sure we go around kissing and holding hands so that people that don’t normally see it can get used to it, I know this shouldnt be the case, people having to get used to it, but think of it as teaching an old dog a new trick

  7. They should sue, homophobic freaks need to be put out of business.

  8. I just find it…strange…that the rent-a-cop needed to see them kiss 25 times before he actually said anything. If PDA were truly against the mall’s code of conduct, he shoulda acted after the first few kisses. Counting up to 25 kisses is just creepy.

    1. Christopher in Canada 6 Mar 2013, 12:03am

      Yeah, what is this, the BBC counting the moans and then banning Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby?

  9. The Westfield Mall in Roseville California
    has broken the law in California.

    When television channel 40 investigated, it found many people kissing for over one hour with no one asked to leave.

    It also found no written policy at the mall regarding displays of affection.

    Yet the manager of the mall issued a statement that the mall was justified because a policy had been breached.

    It is possible to have an unwritten protocol at a mall enforced by a security company that doesnt allow kissing. But it is illegal in California to enforce it only with gays.

    The Westfield Mall has financial ties to the WestBoro Baptist Church.

    It obviously is discriminating intentionally.

    The couple should sue.

  10. Disgusting! It’s like going back to the days when interracial couples were frowned on. I hope the shopping centre thinks again and stops being so discriminatory.

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