A gay Houston couple who kissed on their cab ride from F Bar on Sunday says their cabbie told them they were going to hell and kicked them out several blocks from home.
“The man just turns back to us and tells us that he doesn't give gay people rides,” Andres Orozco tells KTRK. “And he proceeds to tell us we're going to hell for being gay.”
Orozco and his partner Travis Player ended their Sunday Funday with a Yellow Cab ride from the bar to their home in the Museum District until the trip was cut short.
“We gave each other a kiss and he told us to get out of the car,” Player says.
Yellow Cab says it actually encourages kissing in its cab, according to a statement it provided to KTRK.
“Yellow Cab immediately investigated this allegation of discrimination, including talking to the independent contractor driver. The driver stated that he would have taken the same actions if it was a man and a woman in the taxicab. Evidently, the driver was overly sensitive to passengers kissing. Yellow Cab does not have a policy about passengers showing affection in taxicabs. In fact, we encourage kissing in our taxicabs.”
Except that it's likely the driver wouldn't kick out a straight couple with the same religious condemnation.
The city's Equal Rights Ordinance, which might have provided an avenue of recourse for Player and Orozco, is stalled. Mayor Annise Parker suspended the ordinance on Aug. 4 to “hash out” legal challenges facing the measure.
UPDATE | Yellow Cab addresed LGBT concerns in a statement provided to CultureMap Houston.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that any passenger ever be denied service because of her or his sexual orientation. Yellow Cab has consistently been a vocal ally of the LGBT community in Houston and does not condone any discrimination whatsoever. No matter who you love, Yellow Cab will be there for you,” the statement reads.