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article imageLesbian couple asked to leave Sheraton restaurant for kissing

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Feb 29, 2012 in Lifestyle
Phoenix - A lesbian couple who were celebrating their one-year anniversary on Sunday in a restaurant located inside a Sheraton Hotel were reportedly asked to leave by the manager after engaging in a public kiss.
Yahoo! News reports that Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz were celebrating their anniversary inside the Sheraton Hotel's American Kitchen & Wine Bar when their moment of affection was abruptly interrupted by the restaurant's manager.
White said in a statement to AZ Central:
"My partner and I were reminiscing ... in one of the tall booths. I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking."
The publication goes on to state that the manager suddenly approached the couple and asked them to leave for "inappropriate behavior". Apparently, some of the other patrons complained about the couple's gestures.
Queerty reports that the manager even told the couple to "get a room" and were offered free drinks for a future time if they would leave.
The incident has been detailed on White's Facebook, and many people have expressed their outrage over the incident.
The hotel responded on its Facebook page by stating:
"At District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, we embrace diversity and are proud supporters of the LGBT community. We are taking this incident very seriously. Our restaurant is open for all to enjoy, and we sincerely regret that this incident took place."
The mayor of Phoenix stated on his own Facebook page:
"Phoenix is a gay-friendly city and we welcome the LGBT community, not only because it is good business but also because it's the right thing to do."
The couple reportedly met with hotel officials late Tuesday afternoon to try and resolve the issue. No details regarding the outcome of the meeting were readily available.
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