Texas lesbian couple says bar discriminated against them

SAN ANTONIO (KENS) -- San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance guarantees the protection of the public from being discriminated against for race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

This most recent complaint was filed Thursday and the alleged incident took place in June of 2014.

Two San Antonio women claim they were kicked out of Sanchez Ice House on South San Saba Street after they were seen kissing inside. A lawsuit against the establishment alleges the women were illegally discriminated against because they are lesbians.

"As we danced I gave her a quick peck on the lips. We briefly left the dance floor and when we came back the music was abruptly cut off," said Maricela Fonseca.

Fonseca claims a security officer at Sanchez Ice House then approached the women and escorted them off the property.

"And told us that the owner told him to tell us to leave because they are a family establishment and they do not allow the lesbians to dance and kiss," said Fonseca.

Workers at Sanchez Ice House declined to comment, but Justin Nichols, the attorney representing Fonseca and her partner said the establishment violated the law.

"Under the nondiscrimination ordinance it makes it a crime to discriminate on the basis if sexual orientation," Nichols said. "So one of the things we're asking the city to do is prosecute the Sanchez ice house and that would be done in municipal court and the fine is up to five hundred dollars."

This is the second complaint which filed under San Antonio's Non-Discrimination Ordinance, which passed last year.

It's the first complaint which deals with the refusal of service in a place of public accommodation.


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