Chico's Tacos is about to feel the gay wrath -- a gay wrath that demolished the careers of Carrie Prejean, Tim Hardaway and Isaiah Washington. Chico's Tacos kicked out two gay men for a simple peck on the lips, spat homophobic slurs and the cops okayed it. Read the story.
In all, five men were ordered to leave the restaurant. They say they were forced out by homophobic guards.
"It was a simple kiss on the lips," said Carlos Diaz de Leon, a gay man who was part of the group.
He called police at 12:30 a.m. June 29 because he said the guards and restaurant had discriminated against the group after two of his friends kissed in public.
The five men, all gay, were placing their order at the Chico's Tacos restaurant on Montwood when the men kissed. All five sat down, but the two guards at the restaurant told them to leave.
De Leon quoted one of the guards as saying he didn't allow "that faggot stuff" in the restaurant.
De Leon said they refused to leave and called police for help. He said an officer arrived about an hour later in response to calls from his group and the guards.
As they waited for police, the guards directed other anti-gay slurs at them, he said.
De Leon said the officer told the group it was illegal for two men or two women to kiss in public. The five men, he said, were told they could be cited for homosexual conduct -- a law the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.
That same year, the El Paso City Council approved an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation by businesses open to the public.
The police claimed the restraint can refuse service to anyone they want... I think that was the same argument for sit-ins at Woolworth's. However, the policed also claimed the officers were "inexperienced." The ACLU and Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project are on the case especially after the office threatened to issue a citation for "homosexual conduct."
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