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Security Guard Harasses Lesbian Couple for “Violating the Ten Commandments”

Security Guard Harasses Lesbian Couple for “Violating the Ten Commandments”

In late May, a lesbian couple was accosted by a security guard at a Minneapolis Twins game for what they called a “brief kiss.”  The guard told them in no uncertain terms that he felt that their behavior was unacceptable.  He informed them that “we don’t play grab ass here” and added that they must “adhere to the 10 Commandments” while at the stadium.

Understandably, the two women were upset.  And while the security guard has been reprimanded, he is still employed at the Twins stadium.  The two women, Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper, are now filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, saying that the guard discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.

“I want a zero-tolerance harassment policy instituted at Target Field,” Culpepper explained. “I think it’s pretty pathetic that there isn’t one everywhere already.”

According to the women, after the kiss, the guard approached them shaking his head.  “I saw you kissing that girl, you can’t do that,” he said.  When Campione retorted that she could kiss her girlfriend if she wanted, the guard launched into his offensive comments.

Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Twins, said that the guard has an exemplary record and that he has been working for the team for almost two decades.  “That behavior just is unacceptable,” Smith told City Pages, an alternative local newspaper. “That security guard has received both a verbal and written reprimand that will be put in his personnel file, and he understands that that is not an acceptable behavior.”

The most curious (and perhaps disturbing) part of the whole exchange was the guard’s “Ten Commandments” comment, since the two women were clearly not violating the Ten Commandments by kissing in public.  If the guard was really worried about enforcing biblical law in the stadium, he should be going after the fans who yelled “God!” whether in enthusiasm or anger.  It’s also worth noting that the guard likely works during Sunday games, which is not exactly resting on the Sabbath.

The comments were thoughtless, hypocritical and homophobic, and the two women are right to file a complaint.  Let’s hope that the guard receives more than a slap on the wrist for his outburst.

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7:53PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

That's awful. If he had reprimanded them for PDA, which is still not good, that'd be fine. But bringing religion and sexual orientation into it is going too far.

1:18PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Patrick F. Jun 24, 2011 9:48 PM: "I doubt anyone would choose to be gay and put themselves in a light that is not flattering to say the least."


If I could chose, I would STILL be a lesbian. And MY light is always flattering, because I've learnt so much in my life as a happy, gloriously, beautiful woman and human being!

2:13AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Perhaps he should be made to apologise face to face to the women. But they must have the chance to say whether they believe him.

Perhaps he should also apologise to me as my daughter was murdered in an anti-lesbian hate crime. Obviously he can't aplogise to her...

Some men think that "lesbians are just sex". They really say so but mask it under some other phraseology. Maybe this man is a case.

In hospital a psychiatric nurse came straight out it, but the management protected him, telling me he respected lesbian patients. I notice that many comments focus on the man rather than on the women. Personally I find lesbian women beautiful and loved one deeply, yet after her murder (yes she got killed too) I get asked "Surely she was bisexual?" Why is that?

Do people prefer their own opinion to respect, because if so that will have serious implications (like murder ---- ask Anne Frank.)

1:54AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Teach him about love and life
A written warning doesn't open his understanding of the truth!!

8:25AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Hi, Crissy,

I have no idea why ANYONE would quote St. Paul, let alone consider him a "saint."

As you note, he never met Jesus in his lifetime (the lifetime of either of them!) and kept picking fights with the people who purportedly actually knew him and worked with him. But then, it appears that there weren't many people with whom this guy with a clear persecution complex DID get along.

It's true that St. Paul was opposed to same-sex relationships; it's also true that he was opposed to heterosexual relationships, also. "It is better to marry than to burn" is hardly a ringing endorsement of marriage for straight people.

It is interesting that the Christianists claim that Thomas Jefferson's famous letter to the Danbury Baptists on the separation of church and state was really supposed to be just a private letter, whereas all these letters from Paul and the others are not only public letters but considered to be Holy Writ.

5:41AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Someone here quoted the Apostle Paul. Please note, Paul is not Jesus. Paul never even met Jesus. He also interpreted Jesus' teaching according to his own agenda. Quoting Paul is not, at least to me, a valid excuse for treating people poorly.

1:57AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Was the poor guard so direct in his statement? I guess he considered kissing to be just a sign of homosexuality he disapproved. He could be wrong with his reference to Ten Commandments, but the Bible comprises many other things. Why should one pretend the Bible does not comment on homosexuality at all?

New Testament. Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 1. "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools... Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves... for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet".

Tolerance is a good and necessary thing (don’t forget to tell this to Muslims :)), however, hardly applicable to the moral if it is supposed to be one for everybody.

12:14AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Uum, okay, can someone tell me where, oh where in the 10 commandments does it say "thou shalt not kiss", or thou "shall not be lesbian"? I think I missed those two while going through school...

I think that security guard is off his rocker.

2:29PM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Yes Aruna, it is ok to be white. It is ok to be black. It is ok to be gay. It is ok to be straight. etc. etc. etc.

It is not ok to hate. It is not ok to be racist. It is not ok to be bigoted. etc. etc. etc.

11:00PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

No one knows why a person is gay? The Cherokee knew that a lesbian has a deep connection with Mother Earth and Sister Moon. It's beautiful. Whites came and they can't even kiss at a sports game! So why is the debate about gays not whites? Is it okay to be gay??? Why not ask is it okay to be white? Is it okay to be straight? Why is the debate about kissing not motherhood? Why is not about girlhood? Why do feminists talk about "becoming a lesbian" meaning hating men. I don't think any lesbian I've known has hated men. Who was it supported gay men through AIDS. Who supported me and my lover when a gay man killed our daughter? Maybe everyone else should go and live on Mars if that is what is necessary for those women to have their rightful place on Mother Earth. By the way, my daughter's mother is a lesbian, and after she got killed too I get asked, or told, that she was bisexual. That's insulting the dead, typical of whites. Human decency is offended by debate about kissing. They have the right to be here. If you valued them you might be a better person. Peace, Aruna

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