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Portland Cab Driver Accused Of Kicking Out Gay Couple

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(CBS Seattle) — A Portland couple claims to have been kicked out of a taxi cab for being gay — and the allegation has both the city of Portland and the cab company investigating the incident.

Kate Neal told KGW that she and her girlfriend and another friend used Broadway Cab to get from downtown Portland to her home Thursday night. Neal says 15 minutes into the drive, the driver looked back and saw Neal being affectionate with her girlfriend. She claims the driver took offense and began yelling homophobic remarks.

According to the report, the driver then pulled over to the side of Interstate 84 and arranged for a new Broadway cab to pick up the group.

A short time later, Neal said the new driver also refused to take the three women home.

The group reportedly hopped a fence next to the highway and walked into a neighborhood hoping to get home safely,

According to KGW, Broadway Cab posted a Facebook message saying it suspended at least one of the drivers involved while the company looks into the matter.  Neal said she was told the cab company is also reviewing videotape of the cab ride in question.

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