Gay couple ousted from D.C. cab for kissing

Washington, D.C.’s taxi commission is investigating a complaint filed by a gay couple who say they were thrown out of a cab for kissing.

Ari Fredge, 45, and his partner Christopher Holloway, 51, told the Washington Post a cabbie picked them up at 17th and P streets NW in Dupont Circle, the city’s gayest neighborhood. They gave him directions and then shared a quick peck.

“My cab is not a bed. You cannot have sex in my cab!” the driver is reported to have shouted. He pulled the cab over to the side of the street and ordered them to leave.

“I’ve lived all over. In Missouri, in Texas, in Germany, California, Tennessee,” Holloway told WaPo columnist Petula Dvorak. “I’ve never been treated like this anywhere. It’s one of the reasons I live here, because it is such a tolerant, friendly city.”

The couple called police, who suggested they register their complaint with the Office of Human Rights and the D.C. Taxi Cab Commission. The head of the commission told  Dvorak he was investigating the incident.

“We don’t see a large number of cases like this,” said Gustavo Velasquez, director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights. He said the office fields taxi-related discrimination complaints based on race or ethnicity but relatively few when it comes to sexual orientation.

“But sometimes, you wonder, is it really that nothing is happening, or is it that people are not aware it’s happening?” Velasquez said.

Washington is one of the few jurisdictions in the country that has legalized same-sex marriage.