Cabbie suspended for ejecting gay couple

Cabbie suspended for ejecting gay couple

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 1:27 PM

PORTLAND – The City of Portland has suspended a taxi driver’s license after he allegedly kicked a couple out of his cab along Interstate 84 because they are gay.

Customer Kate Neal said she, her partner and her friend took a cab home on Thursday. But when the driver saw her and her partner being affectionate, he started shouting slurs at them and made them get out.

Background: Portland cabbie accused of kicking out gay couple

The incident was being investigated by the city’s revenue bureau, which oversees permitting for taxis.

“We’ll be looking to see whether, in fact, the taxi driver did try to get this couple out of the cab, whether they were left in an unsafe place,” said regulatory division manager Kathleen Butler.

The cab driver could face a maximum fine of $5,000 and have his permit permanently revoked.

Broadway Cab did not give a comment to KGW, but did post a statement on its Facebook page saying, "We celebrate diversity every day. Discrimination should not, cannot and will not be tolerated."

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KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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