…. in Seattle.

last week, a lesbian complained that an usher at Safeco Field asked her to stop kissing her date because it was making another fan uncomfortable.

The incident has exploded on local TV, on talk radio and in the blogosphere and has touched off a debate over public displays of affection in generally gay-friendly Seattle.


As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.

The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.

Hmmm, that’s a tough one. How about “Well, maybe they are in love….” (Even if it is just as likely that they are actually in lust … who could know?)

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Comments

  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    June 5, 2008

    I’m going for, “Why not?”

  2. #2 LightningRose
    June 5, 2008

    I don’t mind heterosexuals as long as they act queer in public. šŸ˜‰

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    June 5, 2008

    I think we have another tee shirt slogan here….

  4. #4 Chaz
    June 5, 2008

    I’m from around Seattle. I’m not too surprised, since the surrounding counties are often very right-wing. They go to Seattle for the professional sports, and aren’t really representative of the general population there.

  5. #5 Miss Agent Girl
    June 5, 2008

    Hell I live in Indianapolis and even in the city my partner and I have to scan the local surrounds before partaking in any public display of affection. The scorn runs like water the moment a gay couple affirms their human sensibilities. And I’ll be the first to admit it’s much worse for gay men.

  6. #6 Russell
    June 5, 2008

    TTIUWOP

    Oh, wait. Wrong blog. Wrong etiquette.

    [Emily Latella] Never mind. [/Emily Latella]

  7. #7 Russell
    June 5, 2008

    TTIUWOP

    Oh, wait. Wrong blog. Wrong etiquette.

    [Emily Latella] Never mind. [/Emily Latella]

  8. #8 peter
    June 5, 2008

    personally I don’t really care who’s doing what to whom, but you know, depending on the manner in which they were kissing, I would have objected if it had been any couple, heterosexual or otherwise.

    what happens if you object to hyper-overt PDAs in general? I find them annoying, as they are really great examples of people not caring that there are other people around them. something I generally object to… like drivers on phones.

  9. #9 JanieBelle
    June 5, 2008

    LightningRose FTW

  10. #10 Zach Miller
    June 5, 2008

    Next thing you know, people will be kissing their DOGS at ball games! And society will crumble!

  11. #11 PuckishOne
    June 5, 2008

    I have to second what Chaz said. Washington is a liberal “blue” state only because the majority of its largest county votes that way. Seattle is home to the DI as well as the Reverend Hutcherson – don’t let the granola fool you.

  12. #12 PuckishOne
    June 5, 2008

    I have to second what Chaz said. Washington is a liberal “blue” state only because the majority of its largest county votes that way. Seattle is home to the DI as well as the Reverend Hutcherson – don’t let the granola fool you.

  13. #13 PuckishOne
    June 5, 2008

    Argh – sorry for the double-post.

  14. #14 JanieBelle
    June 5, 2008

    And their siblings, Zach! INCEST IS NEXT!!!!oneone!!

    I wonder what would happen if someone bitched about those moronic “John 3:16” signs.

    “Excuse me Miss Usherlady? Those people over there are pushing pro-ignorance sentiments with those Bible signs. How am I supposed to explain that to my school-aged children? I thought this was a family event!!”

  15. #15 Blake Stacey
    June 5, 2008

    [A] lesbian complained that an usher at Safeco Field asked her to stop kissing her date because it was making another fan uncomfortable.

    By “uncomfortable”, this fan clearly means “aroused”.

  16. #16 Joel
    June 5, 2008

    What about gay men kissing in public?

  17. #17 Stephanie Z
    June 5, 2008

    Well, I’m all for it, but I can’t say as my motives are pure.

  18. #18 Miss Agent Girl
    June 5, 2008

    What about gay men kissing in public?

    I cringe at the reaction that would cause at an Indianapolis Colts game. Tony Dungee, the Colts coach for Christ, would probably stop the game mid-play and start a prayer circle around the offenders.

  19. #19 deang
    June 5, 2008

    I really hate how right-wingers always use children to justify whatever behavior they’re objecting to. They don’t want their children exposed to anything they disagree with and they assume that other people should just accept their twisted child-rearing attitudes. And I also hate how right-wingers’ reactions to incidents like this have contributed to the US’s unhealthy “no public displays of affection” climate.

  20. #20 Joel
    June 6, 2008

    I really hate how right-wingers always use children to justify whatever behavior they’re objecting to

    Excellent point.

  21. #21 Greg Laden
    June 6, 2008

    I second Joel

  22. #22 Shirakawasuna
    June 6, 2008

    Oh boo hoo, random social conservative parents, you have to allow your children to know that homosexuals exist. I know that reality isn’t very nice to your beliefs, but really now….

  23. #23 JanieBelle
    June 6, 2008

    Thirded… ed. …eh, me too.

    Using kids like weapons is heinous.

  24. #24 AlbanianTodd
    June 6, 2008

    what happens if you object to hyper-overt PDAs in general? I find them annoying, as they are really great examples of people not caring that there are other people around them. something I generally object to… like drivers on phones.

    Speaking of PDA’s and drivers on phones, I can’t stand PDA’s in public… especially that RIM blackberry, do your RIM-ing in private I say.

  25. #25 peter
    June 6, 2008

    AlbanianTodd,
    FYI, PDA = “Public Display of Affection” OK? šŸ˜‰

    sorry, I’m usually better about defining TLAs.

  26. #26 Stephanie Z
    June 6, 2008

    peter, as a big fan of PDAs, I think you’re SOL (couldn’t resist). If I want to hold my sweetie’s hand while walking to work and exchange smooches at the corner where we part, what does it hurt? The only thing that makes me remotely uncomfortable about it is that I have friends who can’t do the same thing without reprisals.

    Frankly, I think we could use more public modeling of affectionate behavior. Love, lust and friendship aren’t supposed to be stoic, and I see no reason they should be hidden away. We see plently of the more dramatic, less pleasant sorts of behavior modeled publicly. Why not affection?

  27. #27 Constance Reader
    June 6, 2008

    AlbanianTodd, if you intended the double entendre in the last few lines, then I heartily thank you for my biggest laugh of the day!! Considering how attached some people are to their crackberries, that was brilliant.

  28. #28 ihedenius
    June 8, 2008

    I think we have another t-shirt slogan here….

    IIRC it is a t-shirt slogan, someone on the non-prophets described seeing one.