Gay Iraq Veteran Says A Kiss Got Him And His Boyfriend Kicked Out Of A Taxi Cab

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A gay Iraqi war veteran claims he was kicked out of a taxi cab in Washington state after kissing his boyfriend.

Eric Williams told Q13 FOX News that he and his boyfriend, Diego, were leaving Tacoma's Club Silverstone in a Yellow Cab taxi when the incident took place.

When Williams said he and Diego shared what he described as a peck, the driver immediately took offense.

"That’s when the cabby started to get really hostile with us," Williams, who served two tours in Iraq, said. "He pulled off the road and told us to get out of the car, he wasn’t going to serve us. ... It happened to the wrong person because I’m not going to stay silent."

According to the report, the cab driver argued that the exchange was "something more intimate" than a quick kiss, while a spokesman for Yellow Cab argued, "There are two sides to every story. We want to just make sure both stories meet somewhere in the middle."

It isn't the first time that a taxi service has faced anti-gay discrimination claims.

In 2013, Matthew McCrea and Steven White filed a human rights complaint against Chicago's Sun Taxi company after allegedly being told to get out of a cab on a busy expressway after sharing a brief kiss, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, the City of Portland Regulatory Division permanently revoked Ahmed Egal's license after he allegedly ejected a lesbian couple from his taxi on the side of a busy Oregon highway. Broadway Cab, Egal's employers, were fined $1,000 for the incident.

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