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Lesbian couple say they were forced to leave Cameron Village

Posted October 14, 2010
Updated October 15, 2010

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— A lesbian couple say they were forced to leave Cameron Village in Raleigh after eating lunch because they were kissing in public.

Caitlin Breedlove says she and her girlfriend were sitting on a bench with their arms around each other and had kissed briefly on the cheek when, she says, a security guard approached them, told them that “being affectionate” was “inappropriate” and asked them to leave because "no one wants to see that at Cameron Village."

Breedlove, who is the co-director of Southerners on New Ground, says she asked the security guard if they would be asked to leave if the two were a man and a woman and that the guard replied “no.”

The officer had not received other complaints about them, Breedlove said.

"We were honestly surprised and saddened that we were asked to leave," she said.

After the encounter, the couple went into the Flying Biscuit, where they had just eaten lunch.

"They were distraught when they came back in here," Flying Biscuit manager Dan Palatucci said Thursday.

He says he took the issue to Cameron Village management and feels they are working to get to the bottom of what happened.

"I know Cameron Village as a whole is not taking it lightly. They are aware of it, but are trying to get information about the incident," he said.

York Properties, which manages Cameron Village, did not comment Thursday and said a representative for the shopping plaza was out of the office.

Caitlin Breedlove Lesbian couple: We were asked to leave

Katy Parker, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, says the advocacy organization is looking into the claim.

"We're really appalled this would happen to these women, and we're looking into any legal recourse," she said.

According to its website, Southerners on New Ground is a social justice group that “envisions a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status and sexuality.”

Breedlove says a few people have asked her if she and her girlfriend planned the incident. She says the confrontation was not a stunt.

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  • milemcralnc Oct 19, 2010

    In my opinion this whole deal was a set up from the very beginning. Rumor has it they received a parade/protest permit a day or two BEFORE the actual incident occurred. If this is factual they themselves should be doing the apologizing to all the folks they harmed. These women seem to skirt this issue at all costs.

  • milemcralnc Oct 19, 2010

    My opinion is York Properties and Cameron Village officials probably felt the best course of action was to make the issue go away. What bothers me is they dragged George York into this setup. He is one of the finest individuals I've ever known. Next time these women need publicity for their agenda they should do it in Durham their organizations home base. An interesting note is they hurt themselves and their agenda more than they achieved via their bullish like behavior.

  • milemcralnc Oct 19, 2010

    Interesting facts. I spoke with an official at Wachovoa Bank yesterday. They said NOBODY at Wachovia authorized the use of their property for a rally or protest. It seems to me these radical women simply took control of this property without permission.

  • EastNC2Raleigh Oct 18, 2010

    So, I want to ask, to all the hateful people on here who offered hateful comments on this article-- if Breedlove made this up, created a stunt or a hoax to get media attention-- why did Cameron Village offer a written apology?

  • Killian Oct 18, 2010

    I hope the guard gets fired. I've kissed my sister on the cheek before we separate, too; would he ask us to leave?

    Honestly. They weren't making out or shoving their hands in each others' pockets like so many couples I see in the mall or on the streets every day. Get over yourself and move on.

  • visionofsamsara Oct 15, 2010

    when i see couples kissing in public wether gay, straight, interracial. it makes me glad that they can these days

  • shortcake53 Oct 15, 2010

    I wish you all the luck in the world with that one Catchfinally.

  • NCSU2311 Oct 15, 2010

    I would just like to see one day of good news. I am so sick of hearing about the aclu, gay rights, muslim rights, immigrant rights, broke bank rights, auto co rights, civil rights, gimme a break already. My only concern from this day forward is MY RIGHT to sustain the same America that I grew up in...
    catchfinally
    GOLO member since October 15, 2010
    October 15, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Sorry, it's not 1950 anymore. Just check the population. Good lord old people are hilarious.

  • catchfinally Oct 15, 2010

    I would just like to see one day of good news. I am so sick of hearing about the aclu, gay rights, muslim rights, immigrant rights, broke bank rights, auto co rights, civil rights, gimme a break already. My only concern from this day forward is MY RIGHT to sustain the same America that I grew up in...

  • JKKC Oct 15, 2010

    jonstarr, if it is okay to be gay, then why are they making a big deal out of being told to move on? I've seen heterosexuals told to move on, but didn't see them make a stink about it. I've also seen gays be told to move on a make no stink about it. I still think that these girls knew the system and are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. As for your lst sentence, nice. We are right there with you and your lack of decorum.

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