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Lesbian Couple At Mariners Game Claims To Have Been Singled Out

A Seattle-area lesbian couple said that they were "singled out by a security guard" at Monday's Red Sox-Mariners game at Safeco Field "simply because they kissed each other," according to KOMO-ABC. Sirbrina Guerrero said that she "only gave her date a peck, but a mother sitting with her son complained to security and, as a result, they were told to stop or leave." Guerrero said that the "only reason she was called out was because of her sexual orientation." Guerrero said the security guard told her the "mom doesn't want to explain to the kids why two girls are kissing." Safeco Field officials would not comment on the incident, but officials provided a copy of the ballpark's "code of conduct which states 'displays of affection are not appropriate in a public family setting'" (KOMONEWS.com, 5/29). Mariners Dir of Public Information Rebecca Hale said in an e-mail, "We would like folks to know that we're treating these complaints and concerns very seriously. We've definitely not got a policy that states that if you're gay, you can't kiss at Safeco Field. Our policy is, if your behavior is inappropriate in a public setting, we are going to proactively intervene." Hale said that the policy is "not selective," as Mariners staff have "intervened twice in the last month or so in inappropriate displays from heterosexual couples." Hale added that Monday's incident "never involved security," as the women "were not removed from the game and it was a seating host" who handled the situation (SEATTLEPI.com, 5/29).





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