A baseball team has apologised to a Seattle same-sex couple after they were told to stop kissing or be forced to leave on the night of the team’s first ever Pride Night.
Mary McHale and Sara Hinton watched their home team, the Seattle Mariners, play the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field stadium on August 19 and were waiting for a ride outside at the time of the incident.
“My sweetheart looked at me and said what a great time we were having, and we kissed,” McHale told local radio station KUOW.
“And just standing there, not doing anything obscene or anything that would make any of the other folks around us uncomfortable, and that’s when a Safeco Field employee came out and said, ‘Ladies, I’m gonna have to ask you to stop.'”
The couple, who both identify their gender as non-binary, said the guard told them they’d be asked to leave if they continued to kiss because it was against a “family-friendly policy.”
Seattle Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale told KUOW that the security guard was out of line and has been disciplined, and issued a public apology on behalf of the team.
“We have fans that are LGBTQ and we want them to know that they are most welcome here at Safeco Field,” she said.
“I know that the actions of a few of our staff over the last few weeks have made folks in the community question that, and for that we are sincerely sorry.”
She said the organisation will improve the Safeco Field Code of Conduct and train the venue’s 1300 staff on making the ballpark more welcoming to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.