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Gay Couple Claims Discrimination At Seattle's Great Wheel; Owners Cite Unruly Behavior

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KIRO-TV Seattle
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August 8, 2012

Two Seattle men say they were kicked off the Great Wheel last weekend because they’re gay, but the owners of the waterfront Ferris wheel have a different story about what happened.

Jason Jacobs said he and his boyfriend paid $50 apiece to ride in one of the Great Wheel’s VIP gondolas.

But he said they were kicked off and escorted from the pier because they were holding hands and shared a kiss on the ride.

“The door’s fully opened,” Jacobs said. “He stuck his head in and said, ‘You know what, just get off the ride. We don’t need your kind. Give me my shirts back. Get your money back.’”

He took to Facebook and Yelp to complain.

“This isn’t how Seattle normally treats people,” he wrote. “We don’t want this attraction and the management to give Seattle a bad name.”