Ex-Marine and his Boyfriend Told They Can’t Kiss in ‘Patriotic,’ ‘Family’ Restaurant


A day out with friends turned ugly when a restaurant manager told two members of the group that they had to stop kissing in his establishment. News 6 in Orlando reports that James Lacey, an ex-marine, and his partner were at Original First Turn in Port Orange, Florida with a group of friends on September 11th. According to Lacey, he and his partner were “kissing on the lips, hugging, holding each other. Just being like a normal straight couple, and they were pretty much offended by it… We were just having a good time.”

He said a manager pulled him aside, and said that people were complaining about the PDA, which he said “is not welcomed” in the restaurant.

Lacey said that his group then decided to leave.

Management at The Original First Turn tells the story differently, saying that that’s not what they said. They told News 6, “We are a patriotic and family restaurant of more than 30 years. We don’t discriminate against anybody. We never have and never will. Safety and comfort for all our customers is top priority.”

How exactly Lacey and his partner might have been hindering the “safety and comfort” of customers is questionable. Lacey said, “I’m pretty sure if you saw a man and woman giving kiss on the cheek or a kiss on lips, they’re not going to say that’s not tolerated here, that’s not welcomed. That’s ridiculous. I truly feel it’s because we’re a gay couple.”

[image via screen grab/News 6 Orlando]

[H/T Grub Street]

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