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Gay Couple Reportedly Asked to Leave Roseville Galleria For Kissing

Fox 40 reports that the couple was confronted by a security guard, whom they recorded.

 

Two men were reportedly asked to leave the Roseville Galleria on Saturday because they were kissing in the mall, according to Fox 40. 

21-year-old Daniel Chesmore and his boyfriend Jose Guzman, 24, recorded audio of the guard who asked them to leave, according to Fox 40. He said, "If you continue to kiss, you will be asked to leave the mall. Period ... I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple..." 

A Galleria representative told the news station that, "Persons that violate the Code of Conduct are asked to leave the property," but Fox 40 reports that diplays of affection are not mentioned in the Galleria's code of conduct. 

  • Check out the full Fox 40 story here, and share your thoughts below.
  • Gay Couple's Reported Violation Triggers Galleria 'Kiss-In' Protest

Facebook users swarmed to the Roseville Galleria's Facebook page after the incident. These were all posted in the span of one hour Monday night. 

Kelly Garland: I find the actions of your company reprehensible. I have family and friend of the LGBT community who are wonderful, cash spending, contributors to a sane society. To kick out two men who kissed on the cheek is ridiculous. I would rather see that then some over hormoned teens making out. I will NEVER shop at your mall EVER. Shame on your "code of conduct."

Meg Woods: Your security guard was COMPLETELY out of line for discriminating against Daniel Chesmore and Jose Guzman. General Manager Eddie Ollmann needs to be canned for this. Brushing off the press, making excuses for his employees' discrimination, and lying about mall policy, how despicable can you be? ... He should have issued an immediate formal apology and removed that security guard. Instead he made an asshat out of himself, and the LGBT community and supporters aren't going to let this go lightly.

Chris Lane: I am disgusted by your blatant disregard for humanity and the perpetuation of gay discrimination in our community. You just put Sacramento on the map as the most gay hating metro in the US. #commendable

Teresa Ansell: I'm disappointed at the recent news, to say the least. How devastating for that young couple. I hope Westfield does right by them. No one should have to deal with that kind of discrimination this day and age. In California, we should be better...

Brandon Baguio: I say we gather our GLBT communities, head to the Galleria, and spend the day expressing ourselves... How does Saturday the 9th sound to everyone?

Eli Shadow-Walker: Until you come out and not only apologize to the couple and the LGBTQ community, but make a donation to an organization like GLAAD, I will not be shopping at any Westfield center. Your bigotry and insincerity have cost you a lifetime customer. You have seriously let your community down.

Bobby Smith: Thanks for letting the LGBT community know how you feel. For your insincere and despicable response to a clear case of discrimination you are losing an entire family of customers. I hope defending bigotry was worth it.

Bonnie Monroe: I will NEVER be shopping at this mall again! A public appology needs to be made on all local radio stations, new stations and in all local papers!

Justin Martin: I won't be shopping at your mall, ever again. You are a disgrace to the greater Sacramento community. Shame on you for promoting such hate and bigotry. Same-sex couples are entitled to every right everyone else has, period.

Lorrie Stevens March 05, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Why does anyone need to kiss 25 times at the mall? The mall is a place to shop, not to make out no matter what your sexual preference is. Have some class and show affection for your loved one in the privacy of your own home. It sounds like someone wanted to make the news or a claim with the Galleria.
Peter M. March 05, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Did you even bother to check out the full Fox 40 story, Lorrie, before smearing the gay couple? I live not far from this mall and go there sometimes and the teenage STRAIGHT kids are constantly fondling and making out on the mall benches every single day. This mall is notorious for all the teeny boppers who are starting basically going to third base in public view at the mall. NO security guard to be seen to ever escort them out. But a gay couple holding hands and kissing each other on the cheeks is now suddenly where they draw the line. Come visit this mall and any given day you'll see straight teenagers on each others laps making out hardcore if you don't believe me.
Don Nelson March 05, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Peter, a straight couple being escorted from the property for making out won't make the news. I've been to the mall several times and have not seen one incident that you have described. It's ashame personal accountability has all but disappeared from society. Good on the mall staff for doing their jobs.
MikeSin March 05, 2013 at 04:11 PM
The Galleria can't even back up its bigotry. It specifically targeted this couple. Lorrie, if you seriously believe these two would scheme a kiss-fest in the Galleria for the sole purpose of "making the news" or a claim, you are seriously a bitter, mental midget. Stop watching daytime tv; it's rotting what's left of your brain.
stephanie March 05, 2013 at 04:36 PM
What's wrong people? Who goes to the mall to make out? And they just "happened" to be making out and video recording anyone who approached? Sure. It was a set-up, they were trying to get the guy in trouble...... Furthermore, I don't care if you're a leopard striped, purple eyed, people eater, GO GET A ROOM! It's in appropriate to carry on like that in public. I don't want to see ANYONE making out and I for sure don't want my kids watching it while on an innocent outing to the mall. It doesn't bother me to see a few quick kisses but that's enough, no groping, making out. Ugh! .....I say kudos to someone being willing to make a stand for inappropriate public behavior.
stephanie March 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Agreed, well put.
Cynthia Ayala March 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What do you think these guys gained from making the news? I don't like PDAs myself, but I also don't want anyone telling me I can't do it. Not you, not the mall security guard, no one. We live in a society, and we have to deal with each other. Complain all you want, but don't try to force me to not do something because YOU aren't comfortable with it. I'll do what I feel like.
W. K. Rich March 05, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Good. This abominable behavior should not be accepted in any shape, form or fashion. Left wing kooks be damned.
Cynthia Ayala March 05, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Yes. A "good job" goes out to the mall staff for promoting hate. *thumbs up!!* I think this security guard had it in for them. He told the couple he saw them kissing 25 times. That means he took the time to follow them and actively keep track. Something tells me I'd have a shot in hell at being accurate if I said he doesn't do that to straight couples.
Cynthia Ayala March 05, 2013 at 05:01 PM
It seems that people should ask themselves, "What's wrong with people? What is really so harmful about children seeing people kiss?" You make it sound like kids are damaged by it. REALLY, what happens when people see people making out? They learn that people in relationships make out??
Add-kid March 05, 2013 at 05:12 PM
This is funny! It truly is. All these people mad and or finding reasons to feel offended? All due to a couple of gays kissing. Who cares? let them kiss. They have the right to kiss each other. When u find love it's a beautiful thing. Expressing your love to your partner is totally fine. However do I want to see a couple of gays making out at the mall while I'm being hassled by the lotion kiosk people or the annoying cell phone reps screaming at me asking who I have for cell service. The answer is no. I don't wanna see dude on dude nor gal on gal. And really I don't wanna see anyone making out. It make most people unsettled by it. If its a quick kiss great. If its a full on make out session no thank u. I personally don't want to see that. Those who say "I will never shop there" good for u standing up for yourself. But no-one cares if u do or don't. That place makes a ton of money. 2nd of all ur just one less car in the parking lot, I should be thanking you for less traffic. You people have a right to your opinion as well as the mall owners do. Once u own ur own mall u can have ur own rules. The security guy could be gay who knows? The guy was doing his job. People look for ways to feel offended. In closing the moral of the story here. If you wanna make out at the mall, do it in the parking lot.
MHans March 05, 2013 at 05:17 PM
You must not frequent the mall, sir, because I see fondling/groping/face-on-face action everywhere, especially between nasty older couples and young people. I think it's your willful ignorance that's tearing away at the moral fabric and constitutional integrity of this great nation.
Wesley Gomes March 05, 2013 at 05:26 PM
A "kiss in" protest is being schedule for Saturday at 11:00 am. There is a facebook event created for the protest. The protest involves everyone straight, gay, or otherwise. Spread the word.
Dale Herrington March 05, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Oh come on folks. These two went to the mall specifically to generate a confrontation. How do I know this? Easy, how many times do YOU or I go to the mall prepared to record any interaction with the security guards? The mall's only failing is to not have a specific, clearly written policy and to have that policy posted somewhere where the public can view it. As to straight couples misbehaving - I often sit in the public spaces while my wife shops and I haven't witnessed that. True, many young "ladies" dress provocatively and if it goes too far they should be asked to cover up or leave. And mature security guards, if properly trained, are fully capable of judging what's appropriate and what is not. There is NO reason in the world why two MEN, who embrace a sexual culture that is NOT NORMAL, should be allowed to showcase their sexual relationship in public. There are gay bars specifically for that (yeah, I know, I'm an old fashioned, old fart who just doesn't "understand" these loving couples). By "not normal" I mean we were not created for homosexual relations and even with the "liberation" of homosexuals, no one can prove that homosexuals make up more than about 3% of the population.
Amanda Ribeiro March 06, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Well at least you admit to being an old fart, who by the way comes across as bigot. There is nothing wrong with a couple, be it two men or two women or a man and a women holding hands or exchanging kisses, let alone kisses on the cheek. If you have happened to not see the teenagers making out, and some practically making it to 3rd base, you are either going to the mall while the teens are in school or you desperately need to get your eyesight checked. Regardless of wether you think they are normal or not they are part of this society and they have rights, just as you do.
Billie Christian March 06, 2013 at 03:33 AM
Leviticus 18:22
erin leigh March 06, 2013 at 05:50 AM
OK so the people who say that the mall did a good thing, because they're putting a stop to inappropriate behavior, do you want straight couples escorted out when they make out in a movie theater? In a park on a picnic? No, because they're straight. This is ridiculous. The security guard stared at them long enough to count the number of times they kissed....wonder how many things that are actually his job he ignored while putting a stop to the big bad gay couple minding their own business. There's not a damn thing in the 'code of conduct' regarding PDA of any kind. Jesus, this is just small minded bigotry! I'm astounded this occurred, its pathetic and petty and the security guard should be ashamed of himself! Erin
C. Whitson March 06, 2013 at 05:58 AM
Dude, read more deeply: Ezekiel 16:49 "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. " Nothing about homosexuality there. Remember, the "remedy" devout Lot offered was to prostitute his own daughters. And you see where that landed him; he ends up in incest with them to further his line. Where are the upright values in that?
Peter Muster March 06, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Don, it won't make the news because it doesn't happen, at least not at the Roseville Galleria. Because straight people showing PDA and kissing is so common that most people don't even pay attention anymore. And I don't consider harassing a gay couple a part of a security guard's job.
richard f. toothman March 09, 2013 at 03:07 AM
r toothman, have spent lots of money and lots of time in the gallery. i will be shopping there no longer.
fey March 09, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I personally don't care if a person is straight, gay, blue or black, I don't want to go to a public place and see people making out, kissing more than x amount of times, or in this case, over 25 times, and apparently neither does the security guard. You think a security guard escorting a "straight" couple will make the news? Of course not. But stopping a gay couple, everyone wants to act all offended. I've seen straight people make out and have told them to get a room before. Sorry, but if gay people wants to be accepted in society, they need to go get a room too. Quit getting butt hurt folks ;)
fedup March 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM
This story is not news worthy.
Giovanni Caputo March 16, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Good job security guard! Now remove those stupid red cones in the parking structure so we have more place to park!

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