Cleveland Taxi Drivers Won't Promote Gay Games Because of Religious Beliefs
Some taxi cab drivers who work the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have told their companies that they do not want to drive cabs that include signs for the upcoming Gay Games in Cleveland.
According to the Associated Press, 10,000 athletes are expected to be part of the Gay Games in Cleveland Aug. 9 – 16.
Several drivers who work for Ace, Americab, and Yellow Taxi objected to the signage on their rooftops based on their religious beliefs.
Patrick Keenan, general manager of Americab, claims two Muslim taxi cab drivers objected to the cabs with the signs.
"We don't have any objections to the signage," Keenan told Cleveland.com. "We're fully supportive of the games. We're not in concert with [the protesting drivers] on that. We don't share those views."
The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which sells the ad space on the cabs, has made a deal with the cab companies to replace those drivers who are offended by the Gay Games signs.