Lesbian Liplock Sparks Stadium PDA Dispute

Mom complains to security after kiss at Mariners game

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 30, 2008 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Seattle Mariners' response to a fan complaint has set off a dispute about gay rights and public displays of affection. A Safeco Field employee told a lesbian couple they had to either stop kissing in the stands or leave the game, KOMO TV reports. One of the women says the kiss was a peck on the lips, but security received a report of "groping and making out," the team tells the Post-Intelligencer.

The ballpark's code of conduct discourages PDA. Sirbrina Guerrero responded to the complaint about her behavior by snapping pictures of heterosexual couples kissing during the game. She says she was targeted because she's gay. The stadium employee who reprimanded her said the mother who complained "doesn't want to explain to the kids why two girls are kissing."

Although a team spokesperson said all public displays of affection are discouraged at Safeco Field, the girls said they have pictures of heterosexual couples kissing that night.
Although a team spokesperson said all public displays of affection are discouraged at Safeco Field, the girls said they have pictures of heterosexual couples kissing that night.   (Getty Images)
Safeco Field's code of conduct says that displays of affection are not appropriate in a public family setting, but witnesses cite plenty of heterosexual smooching at games.
Safeco Field's code of conduct says that "displays of affection are not appropriate in a public family setting," but witnesses cite plenty of heterosexual smooching at games.   ((c) ilovemypit)
The woman who complained said that the couple was making out, but the girls claim it was just a little peck on the lips.
The woman who complained said that the couple was "making out," but the girls claim it was just a little peck on the lips.   ((c) Francisco Otto)
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