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Gay Couple in California Asked to Leave Mall for Holding Hands, Kissing

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A security guard at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville, Calif., approached two men and told them if they continued to kiss they would be asked to leave.

“I kissed him on the cheek. That’s how my boyfriend and I show affection,” said 21-year-old Daniel Chesmore.

When the guard approached Chesmore and his boyfriend Jose Guzman, 24, they recorded their conversation on a cell phone.

“If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period,” the voice, allegedly that of the security guard, on the recording said. “I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple, any couple about this.”

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When FOX40 investigated, they saw many heterosexual couples sitting in the Galleria smooching and holding hands. Over the course of several hours, not one of the straight couples was ever asked to leave.

“In a perfect world, there would be no difference in treatment between straight couples and gay couples,” Chesmore said.

The Westfield Galleria released a statement that said, “Persons that violate the Code of Conduct are asked to leave the property.”

However there are no stipulations on the mall’s code of conduct relating to public displays of affection.

“It makes me feel like no matter what I do in society, I will always be different,” Chesmore said. The couple says they rarely kiss on the mouth in public to be considerate to children who may be watching.

Chesmore, a U.C. Berkeley student, and Guzman, a Berkeley graduate, are tutors at an Oakland elementary school.

“Every time I go in public I feel like we’re always treated differently because we’re gay. It makes me sad,” Guzman said.

Source: Daily Mail