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Indianapolis, IN Gay Couple Kicked Out of LYFT Ride After Kissing

Alec Jansen and Ben Martella, students at Butler University in Indianapolis, told The Indianapolis Star that a Lyft driver ordered them out of his car about a mile from campus, where he picked them up after the couple gave each other a “a short kiss on the lips.”

“We basically pecked, nothing out of the ordinary,” Martella,said. “He looked in his rear view mirror. He was yelling. We were stunned. We didn’t know the reason for it.”

Martella said the driver yelled, “I’m going to end your ride. I can’t have that in my car. I don’t have that here.”

A Lyft spokesperson emphasized the company’s nondiscrimination policies for drivers and told the Star the driver was “deactivated.”

Lyft includes sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination policy and last year launched an initiative with the Southern Poverty Law Center to protect minority passengers from discrimination by white supremacists on rides.


Will Kohler

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