SEATTLE — A lesbian couple attending a Mariners game last week said they were told to stop being affectionate after engaging in what they said were basic displays of public affection.
Calista Nabors and Giuliana Garcia were approached by an usher who told them someone had complained about them "being affectionate" in the "family friendly environment." The usher claimed their affection was against the ballpark's code of conduct which bans "displays of affection not appropriate in a public, family setting."
The couple told Outsports that when they went to guest services they received an immediate apology. Garcia filed a complaint and posted it on Instagram.
On Monday they received a voicemail from Amy Swisher, a senior manager of guest experience, who apologized, saying hugging and embracing was “totally fine” and she was “very, very sorry” about the incident.
She then invited them to a future game.
But on Tuesday, Mariners spokesperson Rebecca Hale said there was more to the story.
Hale claimed that the usher received two complaints – and one of them was from a Safeco Field staff member who said the couple was “making out” and should be stopped.
Hale said it was protocol to reach out to anyone who files a complaint. Here's a Mariners statement released to KIRO 7 News in full:
Garcia said the accusations of her making out with Nabors was untrue, that it was only a quick kiss and that they would never “make out” in public.
In 2008, another lesbian couple was accused by the team of “making out,” despite the couple saying they only shared a quick kiss.
A week after the incident and a week before the Mariners’ first LGBT Night at Safeco Field, the club apologized.
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