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Cameron Village issues apology to lesbian couple

Posted October 16, 2010 6:03 p.m. EDT

— A lesbian couple met with management at Raleigh's oldest shopping center Saturday to discuss an apparent instance of bias by a security guard.

Caitlin Breedlove said a guard and a security supervisor asked her and her girlfriend to leave Cameron Village Wednesday afternoon after the guard saw them embracing and one kiss the other on the cheek.

George York, president of York Properties, Inc., which manages the center, said the meeting was "brief and amicable."

“We welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the women and offer our sincere regrets over last week’s incident,” he said.

Breedlove, who is the co-director of a social justice group called Southerners on New Ground, said that she asked the security guard if they would have been asked to leave if they were a heterosexual couple and that the guard replied “no.”

"We really appreciate Cameron Village acknowledging what happened and taking responsibility for it,” she said Friday.

Breedlove added that she and her girlfriend are opposed to anyone losing their jobs. They just want anti-discrimination training for all the security guards and an apology.

York said he also sent a written letter of apology to the women.