The Westfield Galleria mall in Roseville released a statement on their Facebook page Tuesday, responding to allegations that a security guard kicked out a gay couple for kissing and holding hands.
Read the entire statement below:
“All of our customers are welcome, and all are welcome equally — including those displaying affection. We do have rules and occasionally our security officers approach customers, inform them of the rules, and ask them to comply. We’re sorry for any misperceptions [sic] with regard to the incident reported upon yesterday. At Westfield, we celebrate the diversity of our employees, shoppers and community, and will continue to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
“We ’embrace’ the Kiss In scheduled for this Saturday. We have always valued that Westfield Galleria at Roseville ‘Is Your Mall’.”
FOX40 read through the mall’s code of conduct Monday, and found nothing referencing public displays of affection.
The mall later released a longer, more specific statement Tuesday afternoon:
“As previously stated, Westfield welcomes our community and we do not discriminate based on gender, race, age, sexual orientation and so forth. We do have rules (listed here http://bit.ly/ZeLDnP), which are intended to ensure the enjoyment of the center for all our visitors and therefore language or conduct that is sexually explicit in nature is prohibited. Simple displays of affection including kissing or hand holding are not an issue. In this case, the couple was violating the rules and the security officer requested the sexually explicit conduct be stopped. The couple was not asked to leave, because the conduct did stop. There is no basis for the claim that this incident was prompted by the sexual orientation of the individuals. Similar conduct among heterosexual couples has resulted in the same request to abide by the rules. Again, if this couple believes they were singled out, we apologize for that misunderstanding, and would like to assure them that was not the case.”
Tuesday evening, Daniel Chesmore released his own statement. He and his boyfriend are the couple who say they were asked to leave.
“This is absolutely absurd. Westfield Galleria has my contact information. They didn’t even think to apologize to me, yet they used this statement. They claimed that we violated the rules and that we were being sexually
explicit. I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek and hugged him. We did not violate any of their rules, and I’m furious that they would sooner try swaying the public then issuing a simple apology. This sickens me.”
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