A gay couple, who were allegedly ordered to sit in the back of a shuttle bus for holding hands, received an apology from the company that runs the shuttle service. According to CBS News on August 6, Standard Packing Inc. apologized for the treatment of the couple and said they believe in the equal rights of all couples. They also suspended the employee accused of the mistreatment.
Back on June 28, Ron McCoy and his partner Chris Bowers said they were planning to attend Albuquerque’s Pride festival after they flew into Albuquerque International Sunport. The couple reported that when they boarded the shuttle service to pick up their rental car, they were told to sit in the back of the bus once they started holding hands.
According to McCoy, the driver looked back angrily and said:
“OK, if you’re going to do that, you’re going to the back of the bus.”
The treatment shocked the couple who believes they should be treated equally to any other couple boarding the shuttle. Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry also belied the treatment was unfair and inappropriate.
He told KOB-TV:
“We’re not there aggressively making sure this never happens again because this does not belong in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This does not reflect Albuquerque, New Mexico, and as the mayor I’m upset about it, and we want to make sure we get to the bottom of it.”
The city’s Human Rights Office will look into the incident which comes just as another incident involving discrimination is being considered by the New Mexico Supreme Court. The owner of a Albuquerque photography business refused to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple.