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New Mexico shuttle firm: Sorry for treatment of gay couple forced to sit in back of shuttle bus

Gay couple forced to back of bus

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The company that runs the shuttle service to the Albuquerque airport's rental-car center is apologizing after a driver allegedly ordered a gay couple to sit in the back of the shuttle bus.

Standard Parking Inc. said it respects the equal rights of all customers and doesn't tolerate discrimination of any kind. It also said the employee was suspended after the company learned in July of the late June incident.

According to a police report, one of the men involved said they'd been holding hands and that the driver ordered them to the back when one of them started to sing.

The city's Human Rights Office will look into the incident, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said he believed the driver behaved inappropriately.

"We're out there aggressively making sure this never happens again because this does not belong in Albuquerque, New Mexico," Berry told KOB-TV. "This does not reflect Albuquerque, New Mexico, and as the mayor I'm upset about it, and we want to make sure we get to the bottom of it."

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