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Raleigh same-sex couple says Uber driver discriminated

Posted April 2, 2015
Updated April 3, 2015

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— Rainey Ashcraft Jr. still can’t believe it happened to him.

Ashcraft and his same-sex partner got into an Uber vehicle in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, and he said the ride started off normally.

“After my partner put his arm around me, the cab driver looked into the rearview mirror and flipped out on us,” he said. “Slurs were thrown. (He) told us we were not welcome in his cab.”

The driver threw the men out of his vehicle.

Police were called.

Tensions eventually settled, but Ashcraft said he remains shaken by the experience.

"It is not like we were doing anything inappropriate or bad, we were just being ourselves," he said.

The couple contacted Uber about the experience.

"Our rider should have never had to go through such a hurtful experience,” the ride-sharing company said in a statement. “This driver's behavior is unacceptable and clearly violates Uber's zero-tolerance discrimination policy."

The company added that the driver, whom they did not identify, has been removed.

Ashcraft said he appreciates Uber’s response but suggested they better screen their drivers in the future.


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  • Brian Flate Apr 4, 2015
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    Sam Nada says...

    Tens of billions of people over the millenia (and Brack Obama up to the year 2013) who understood for the last 2,000+ years that marriage was defined as between a man and a woman = religious fanatic.

    Every great religion and thinker for the past 2,000 years are intellectual midgets because they didn't have the insight and wisdom of Sam Nada! The delusions of grandeur of the Left knows no limits.

  • Sam Nada Apr 4, 2015
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    Your post speaks for itself. You hate equality. When rationality fails you resort to name calling and demonizing those you disagree with. You have my sympathy, but not my respect. The country will not be held hostage by religious fanatics. You are in the minority and your demographic is shrinking. I won't respond further to your hate bating.

  • Brian Flate Apr 4, 2015
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    Just want to add that the people and tactics of the gay lobby is the same type of people of the gun control lobby.

    The gun control lobby wants to get the nose of the camel in the tent with "universal background checks" and other nice sounding rhetoric but in the end they want to trash the 2nd amendment like the gays have trashed the First.

    You have been been warned.
    Protect your rights or you will lose them as fast as hundreds of millions of people have just lost their freedom of religion. Once gone, rarely do they ever come back.

  • Brian Flate Apr 4, 2015
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    Sam said..."it is not legal to refuse service"
    Sam said...you do not have a right to restrict based on your religion or other moral beliefs. Just reminding folks again about how a couple years ago the gay lobby was screaming....
    ....Gays getting married won't affect you in the least!There was all kind of warnings from religious folks but that was all dismissed as HATE!!!
    So now the truth is evident.
    They want to shove their gayness in your face and you better smile and sing it's praises.

  • Sam Nada Apr 4, 2015
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    I'm not going to debate the business service laws with you. It's a complicated topic, but for some businesses and some classes of individuals it is not legal to refuse service. So your blanket statement that businesses have a right to refuse service to anyone for any reason is not true. Also, as you well know those laws are in the process of being reviewed and changed as we type. So, let's see how that ends up.

    Regarding marriage laws, that's precisely what I said you do not have a right to restrict based on your religion or other moral beliefs. This has been ruled on by numerous federal courts, and will finally go to the Supreme Court, where it's expected to be upheld. Marriage is not owned by religions in this country. We do not live in a theocracy. Marriage between unrelated consenting adults will be legal. You lost, time to move on.

  • Brian Flate Apr 4, 2015
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    Alexia said.....As a business owner, I have a right to not serve a customer because I don't like them. Apparently not any more thanks to the gaystapo.

    The way around this issue is for all religious business owners to add a line into their standard written contract that states "service provider reserves the right to subcontract out any, or all, elements of the provided products and services". When the gay mafia types insist on you providing services just make sure you adequately increase your estimate to cover all anticipated and unknown costs in sub-contracting it out.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 4, 2015
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    As a business owner, I have a right to not serve a customer because I don't like them. To argue that's wrong is an infringement on my rights. Likewise, if somebody doesn't want to provide service to somebody that conducts themselves in a many a business owner doesn't like should be the right of the business owner.

    Gays have rights, but what they seek is marriage rights. That's the problem. Why ask for that? Why not ask for a civil union and avoid the "marriage" hot button? The laws in the US could easily be amended to have the words marriage or civil union. Problem solved. They did that in Europe.

  • Sam Nada Apr 4, 2015
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    "I could share my personal view, but it's irrelevant."

    We agree about that. I don't care what you or anyone else approves of or finds disgusting unless that belief is used to pass laws against equality for all. That's the real problem here, beliefs motivate actions, and prejudice motivates acts of discrimination. Of course everyone is perfectly entitled to think and believe whatever they want. But there is no right to never be offended. What you are not entitled to do is force everyone to live by your personal morality, or to deny equality for all under the law. Passing laws that prohibit equal rights, or protect discrimination will never be ok. Agreement on that is all I would hope for.

  • Alexia Proper Apr 4, 2015
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    Sam, you're not reading every word I wrote. I said some call it those things (weird, disgusting, etc.). The "crimes against nature" law has been on the books for centuries. This isn't something I fabricated, though the definition of what a crime against nature means has changed over the years. It also used to include oral and other things.

    You can state statistics until you're blue in the face. However, those don't mean that people consider it normal. What people are, though, is tolerant of the behavior. In other words, most people don't care what you do behind closed doors. But, that doesn't mean they believe it's right or that they throw their approval behind it.

    I could share my personal view, but it's irrelevant. I'm only trying to help you understand what the majority think. If you believe that winning a gay marriage fight will win public support for gays kissing in a restaurant, you're wrong. People will be disgusted.

  • Sam Nada Apr 4, 2015
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    "You appear to be somewhat challenged to read. I don't have homophobia."

    You appear to not know the meaning of the word. I'll help you.

    - dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people.

    You also said this - "To many, homosexuality is considered disgusting and unnatural. These are likely the reasons it is called an abomination in religious texts." You also called it "weird", "a defect", and "a crime against nature".

    Obviously you have a prejudice against homosexuality.

    And for your edification, here's the actual views on homosexuality by country.


    Perhaps, not the general negative view you think there is. But prejudice is not a matter of a vote. It's a matter of personal belief about the nature of being human, and the respect each person deserves. You've expressed your view, and I disagree.