FOX40 is reporting today that the Galleria at Roseville’s security made the decision to eject a gay couple for kissing over the weekend.
The two men were ejected from the popular mall located in Roseville, Calif. on Saturday after being confronted by security. Once confronted the couple began recording the conversation.
The couple, 21-year-old Daniel Chesmore and 24-year-old Jose Guzman sat down with Fox 40. Chesmore told FOX40, “I kissed him on the cheek. That’s how my boyfriend and I show affection.”
Mall security can be heard on the recording telling the couple, “If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period,” continuing the guard said, “I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple about this.”
As anyone who’s ever visited a mall in America knows there are couples walking hand in hand with some smooching going on. Even more so when young people are visiting the mall, and the Galleria is no exception.
FOX40 reported they observed dozens of couples holding hands and kissing. At no point did mall security attempt to intervene or ask any of the couples to leave.
The Roseville Galleria released a statement to FOX40 writing, “Persons that violate the Code of Conduct are asked to leave the property.” However, there’s no mention of public displays of affection in their code of conduct.
In today’s society where gay marriage is winning the day, it is appalling to see a company take this kind of action against a gay couple.
Just yesterday actor James Franco launched an online campaign aimed at the Australian film festivals for banning a gay film.
And today Carly Rae Jespen is refusing to perform at the Boy Scout Jamboree in protest of their anti-gay stance.
The Galleria is faced with major damage control as hundreds of negative responses are showing up on their Facebook page, with plans to protest at the mall.
One Facebook user wrote, “Bigotry like the kind displayed by Westfield Galleria is inexcusable. The management of this mall should be ashamed of itself, and to any potential customers out there: Show that you don't condone bigotry by staying away from this place.”
Should there be a code of conduct regarding the actions of couples, straight or gay?
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