You Won't Believe What Mariners' Guest Services Told a Lesbian Couple to Stop Doing

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You Won't Believe What Mariners' Guest Services Told a Lesbian Couple to Stop Doing

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Published August 11, 2016

It's apparently OK to make out at Safeco Field ... unless you're gay.

That's the shocking allegation a lesbian couple made against the Seattle Mariners' guest services Wednesday, claiming the baseball team's personnel asked them to stop being affectionate during a home game last Friday at the stadium.

Giuliana Garcia and Calista Nabors claim that they merely shared a quick kiss, but that Mariners' guest services approached them during the seventh inning Friday and asked them to stop being affectionate because it was taking away from the family-friendly environment at Safeco Field. Wow.

But when approached by the media about this, the Mariners offered up two very contradicting responses — an apology and actually defending their staff for putting an end to the couple's PDA.

"I just want to apologize to you," Amy Swisher, the Mariners senior manager of guest experience, told the couple in a voice mail, as reported by the SB Nation's Out Sports. "We do have a code of conduct as far as what people are doing in the ballpark, but hugging and embracing is totally fine. And I'm kind of upset with my staff that they made an issue of it. I want you to know that we spoke with [the staff member who reprimanded you], and we've coached her on what violates our code of conduct and what doesn't. She feels bad and I'm just kind of appalled by the whole situation."

Swisher added: "I'm so sorry for what you guys went through. This is not how we treat people. It goes against our beliefs and the Mariners way, and I am, like I said, very very sorry about it."

That being said, Rebecca Hale, the Mariners' director of public information, actually stood by the team's guest relations' request of the couple.

"We train our staff members to focus on behavior, not the individual, and to use their best judgment when addressing situations like public displays of affection," Hale said in a statement to local KING 5 news. "After reviewing the incident and the actions of all involved, we believe our staff acted on the behavior they observed and not the orientation of the couple."

"However, this incident presents us with an opportunity to ask ourselves how we could have handled the situation better," Hale continued, "how we approach our guests and the way we communicate to them the actions we take." 

Wow, one would think that the Mariners would be on the same page before making public statements.

We guess not.

Now the question is will the couple file a lawsuit against the Major League Baseball franchise?

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