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Gay couple “humiliated” after being asked to leave Dublin restaurant 'because they were holding hands'

Published 30/10/2015

Couple claim they were asked to leave by manager after complaints by customers (File photo)
Couple claim they were asked to leave by manager after complaints by customers (File photo)

A gay couple celebrating their anniversary in a Dublin restaurant were asked to leave by a waiter after complaints were issued by diners at another table.

According to a letter published in November’s Issue of Irish magazine GCN, the writer claims he was asked to leave the restaurant because other customers became “uncomfortable” as he held his partner’s hand.

“My partner and I were in a Dublin city centre restaurant celebrating our second anniversary and we were being physically tactile with each other. Not kissing the faces of each other or anything, but holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes,” the letter read.

“A waiter came to out table and told us that customers at another table were complaining about us. He suggested that we stop showing each other physical affection.”

The man and his partner argued that they had every right to hold hands in the restaurant and requested to speak to the manager who asked them to leave.

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“When we said we had every right to show each other affection, the manager said that it was unfortunate that other customers were uncomfortable, and suggested that we leave. He told us we wouldn’t be charged for our meal.”

The writer of the letter revealed that he was “humiliated” by the actions of the manager and as he left the restaurant a diner at another table called him disgusting.

“As we were leaving the restaurant, feeling humiliated, a woman at one of the tables, probably the one who had complained about us, said the word “disgusting”.

The man revealed that the incident has shattered his perception of Republic of Ireland following May’s referendum in which it became the first country in the world to legislate for gay marriage by popular vote.

“This is not the indication, on any level, of acceptance or even tolerance. The whole experience has really shaken the foundations of what I had come to believe post-referendum about my country,” he wrote.

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