2 Chicago men sue taxi company over kiss

Matt McCrea, left, and Steven White CBS Chicago

CHICAGO -- Two Chicago men sued a taxi company this week, alleging a driver tried to kick them out of his cab because they shared a short kiss.

Matthew McCrea and Steven White filed the lawsuit against Sun Taxi. They claim the driver violated the Illinois Human Rights Act and are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

The lawsuit contends McCrea gave White, his boyfriend, a one-second-long kiss during a ride from the airport, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The men said the driver then pulled over on the expressway and ordered them out.

"We shouldn't have been treated like this, and we need to let other people know it's not OK to be treated like this," McCrea told CBS Chicago last October.

 

When they refused, the driver merged back onto the expressway, "driving recklessly, swerving into traffic," according to the lawsuit.

The driver called 311 and was transferred to 911. When police arrived, the driver told an officer McCrea and White were "making sex" in the cab, the lawsuit filed Monday said.

The driver, who is not named in the lawsuit, previously told the Sun-Times he pulled the car over to ask the couple to stop kissing, but he wasn't kicking them out of the cab.

"I told them to stop," he said. "It was raining. I couldn't drive with something like that. I have to drive safely because it's raining."

A representative of Sun Taxi declined to comment Wednesday.

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