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Kentucky Fried Apology to Ousted Kissing Lesbians

Kentucky Fried Apology to Ousted Kissing Lesbians

Kentucky Fried Apology to Ousted Kissing Lesbians

It's unclear whether the lesbians kicked out of a British KFC were getting physical in the restaurant, or just being gay while eating their fried chicken. Regardless, a manager threw the women out.

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A Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Bath, England, apologized to a pair of lesbians who claim they were kicked out of the restaurant for being gay.

According to the couple, who have not been publicly identified, they were subjected to homophobic harassment inside the restaurant, and when other customers complained — either about the antigay slurs or what some reports claim "sounded like heavy petting" — the couple was asked to leave by a manager. 

It's unclear from the U.K. Independent's report whether the women were, in fact, kissing and canoodling, or just sharing a meal together with standard public displays of affection that one might exchange with a significant other. One of the women's fathers, Stephen Pope, took to Twitter, alleging that "a couple complained about them being gay so the manager threw them out."

A KFC spokesman told the Independent that the company was "very sorry for any offense caused." 

"While we acknowledge that staff may have been over-zealous in asking the couple to leave, we do not believe that the decision had anything to do with their sexuality," continued the statement. "Staff acted in response to complaints from customers about inappropriate behavior, however they have since apologized, in person, to the couple, and offered them vouchers as a form of apology, so we hope to welcome them into the store again soon."

The couple filed a complaint with local police after they said they were removed from the restaurant following homophobic harassment from other customers. Local police confirmed to the Independent that they had received a complaint "about abuse directed at [a lesbian couple] in relation to their sexuality," along with "a suggestion that they were asked to leave because they were upsetting other customers." 

Regardless of what the couple was or wasn't doing, it sounds like they were subjected to some homophobic commentary from other customers. But the manager decided to throw out the couple? Keeping it classy, KFC.

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Sunnivie Brydum

<p>Sunnivie is an award-winning journalist and the managing editor at&nbsp;<em>The Advocate</em>. A proud spouse and puppy-parent, Sunnivie strives to queer up the world of reporting while covering the politics of equality daily.</p>

<p>Sunnivie is an award-winning journalist and the managing editor at&nbsp;<em>The Advocate</em>. A proud spouse and puppy-parent, Sunnivie strives to queer up the world of reporting while covering the politics of equality daily.</p>