A lesbian couple was kicked out of a hotel restaurant in Phoenix after they kissed.
The two women, Kenyata White and Aeimee Diaz, wanted to celebrate their anniversary at the restaurant because they had met there, Kenyata told AZCentral.
"My partner and I were reminiscing ... in one of the tall booths," she said. "I had my arm around her neck, and she had her hand around my waist. I gave her a hug for about a minute, pulled myself away to give her a quick kiss, and then we continued talking."
But what is a completely a normal behavior that we often see in the restaurant with straight couples was considerated as "inappropriate" by the director which asked them "to leave the establishment".
A few days later, the couple was invited to meet the director who explains:
"We had the opportunity to meet with the couple late (Tuesday) to listen to their story and better understand their view and how they felt," wrote hotel General Manager Leo Percopo in a prepared statement released Tuesday evening.
"We had a collaborative conversation, and both parties are taking this incident seriously. Together, we have identified opportunities in which both parties can unite and work together to foster diversity awareness," he said.
Kenyata added she didn't want to "bash" the restaurant:
"My goal through this whole thing is really education and awareness," she said. "I think there are probably a lot of people who encounter situations like this and don't know how to handle them."