Video: Portland - Two women kicked out of a cab for being affectionate

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July 29, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two Portland women say their cab ride was cut short when the driver kicked them out and left them on the side of Interstate 84.

Why did the driver do that? The women say it was because they are a same-sex couple.

Kate Neal and Shanko Devoll said it all started when they were trying to be responsible by taking a cab home after a night out with friends. But they said that cab ride was anything but pleasant.

"I guess he discovered that we were a couple," Neal said. "We were showing some affection towards each other. And he started shouting some pretty hurtful and homophobic things. And then he proceeded to pull over on the freeway and let us out of the cab."

"I didn't realize at first what was happening, but the more he yelled, the more clear it became," Neal added.

"When he initially pulled over I said 'I do want to get out of this cab, but I don't want to get out of this cab here," Neal said. "And he would not move farther. We had no choice."