About that gay thing at Chicos Tacos the other night
by Victoria Molinar and Cynthia Romero
Posted on July 8, 2009
If the buzz on the Chicos Tacos incident hasn't gotten out to you yet, here's a recap: On Sunday night, a group of men were kicked out of the restaurant on Montwood Drive after two of them were kissing. You can catch the story here from our news partner ABC-7.
The station reported that after the men were told to leave Chicos Tacos by one of the security guards, the men called the police to file a anti-discrimination complaint. The call was handled by a rookie police officer who told them it was against the law for a gay couple to kiss in public and that he could cite them for homosexual activity, ABC-7 reported Carlos Diaz de Leon as saying.
"Here I am calling the police to help us out and the police turned against us, I mean, who are you going to call now if you can't call the police department?" he told ABC-7.
El Paso Police Department spokesman Chris Mears told ABC-7 admitted that the officer did not handle the situation properly. "Did he make a comment that he shouldn't have made? Yeah, he did...but that comment I don't think was discriminatory in nature, I think it was poor understanding of the law," Mears said to the station.
In an odd twist, laws banning homosexual conduct continue to exist in Texas, even though the laws have been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. ABC-7 is following that story.
We asked a few people Downtown what they thought of the situation.
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