Chicago - Two men filed a complaint with the state of Illinois against a
Chicago taxicab company on Monday, alleging one of the company's drivers
ejected them from a cab after they kissed.
Steven White of West Hollywood, California, and Matthew McCrea of Chicago
say they kissed during a ride in May from O'Hare International Airport to McCrea's
They claim the driver for Sun Taxi turned the interior lights on and off,
telling his passengers, "This is public transportation". The driver
initially pulled over on an expressway but then drove to a grocery store
parking lot and ordered them out, they said.
"My initial reaction was that I was afraid of this man, and I didn't
know what he was thinking," said White, 29. "Matt's initial reaction
was that we are not getting out of this cab on the expressway."
White called a complaint line and was eventually connected to police, who
sent officers to the grocery store parking lot. The cab driver told police
White and McCrea had been "making sex", which the two deny. No one
was arrested, and the two men eventually got out of the cab and waited for another
one to come pick them up.
The driver told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was annoyed because the two
men wouldn't stop kissing and that he found their behaviour distracting.
The couple say they exchanged only a brief kiss.
The gay rights organisation Lambda Legal filed a complaint on Monday with
the Illinois Department of Human Rights seeking damages on their behalf.
Sun Taxi general manager Jong Lee says he can't comment on the complaint
until he sees it.
McCrea says since the incident he might be a little more cautious about how
he acts. However, White says he refuses to change his behavior.
"We're a couple just like any other couple," he said.