After A Quick Kiss, A Gay Couple Was Kicked Out Of Their Uber—And Onto The Freeway

"I’ve never heard of anybody being asked to stop kissing anywhere."

A gay couple in Houston say they were forced out of their Uber ride this weekend after the driver saw them exchange a quick peck.

Houston residents Randall Magill and Jose Chavez had just finished celebrating their engagement Saturday night and decided to take an Uber home. But when they kissed in the back of the car, the driver became outraged and pulled over, then forced them to leave.


“We didn’t want to fight back. We said, ’Okay, fine,'” Chavez, 26, told KPRC-TV. “I was upset. I’ve never been told not to kiss or anything, with my partner.”

The driver left them in a desolate neighborhood at 4am, forcing them to walk across the freeway to get another Uber ride home. He told them he had recently told a straight couple to stop kissing in his car, as well.

But Magill, 28, insists they didn’t do anything inappropriate: “I’m not going to embarrass myself or my fiancé—I’ve never heard of anybody being asked to stop kissing anywhere, especially when you’re just peck-peck on the lips.”

According to a statement from Uber, both the driver and the couple reported the incident.

“As our community guidelines make clear, you shouldn’t touch or flirt with other people in the car… That’s no sexual conduct with drivers or fellow riders, no matter what.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.