I'm going to have to update my copy of the Ten Commandments because apparently one of them forbids lesbians from kissing. At least, that was the position of security at Target Field in Minnesota because a lesbian couple were chastised by security for daring to display anything like affection. Yes, that's right, in Christian America it's acceptable to express anger and hostility towards displays of affection because that affection is itself unacceptable. That's how Christians today define "love."
The incident occurred on May 27 when the Minnesota Twins were hosting the L.A. Angels. Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper were attending the game and kissed briefly when one was approached by a security guard whose job it was to police that sort of thing.
"I saw you kissing that girl, you can't do that," the security guard said.
"I can kiss whoever I want to," Campione replied.
"Well, we don't play grab ass here," the guard answered.
When Culpepper came out of the bathroom, Campione told her what happened, and Culpepper decided to confront the security guard.
"I don't understand what's wrong with kissing my girlfriend," Culpepper told the man.
After some argument, the guard repeated his comment about not "playing grab ass."
"Then he said, 'Well here in the stadium, we adhere to the 10 Commandments,'" recalls Culpepper. "After that, I decided I was no longer going to speak with him, and I asked for his manager."
Target Field isn't releasing the name of the security guard, but Twins spokesman Smith says the guard has worked for the Twins for almost a decade, and has an otherwise "exemplary record."
Source: City Pages
The idea of labeling a quick kiss as "grab ass" may seem absurd at first glance, but it is in some ways a key to understanding this. For homophobic bigots, any display of affection between gays is inappropriate, unacceptable, and a challenge to the "natural order" -- an order which was ordained by god and in which they are privileged, first-class citizens.
A quick kiss is not "grab ass" in any literal sense, but it is representative of rampant, unrestrained, and sinful sexuality. It represents everything about "sex" that is both tempting and repulsive, attractive and sinful. Of course they have a fit when it appears in public, no matter what the specifics or details.
Consider how many other commandments were being broken at the baseball game without this security guard raising a fuss:
Lesbianism is not mentioned in Exodus 20. The game was, however, played on a Friday and lasted until 11:31 p.m., more than two and a half hours after sunset, in violation of the Fourth Commandment. (For people with alternative Sabbaths, the series also included a game that began by daylight on Saturday and another one played on Sunday.) Leading off for the Twins was Denard Span, who once hit his own mother with a foul ball (Fifth Commandment) and who earlier this year said, "Thank God we didn't get no-hit today" (Third).
Source: Dead Spin
Why didn't the security guard complain about any of these things? Because following the Ten Commandments was never really the point. Suppressing public displays of inappropriate, unrestrained, and sinful sexuality was the only point. Citing the "Ten Commandments" was only an excuse or a rationalization so the guard didn't have to do the heavy intellectual work of articulating his real complaints and issues.
The security guard has been "disciplined" but people are demanding that more be done. Better training and education would be a good start, but should the security guard lose his job? There's a lot of disagreement about that, but for me the question shouldn't be so hard to answer. Stop and ask yourself how the incident would have been handled had it been an interracial couple -- would the guard keep his job? I have my doubts. Why should this sort of bigotry against gays be treated as any less serious?
If you don't believe the guard should be fired in either case then you're consistent and may have a reasonable argument for this conclusion. If, however, you treat bigotry against gays as less serious than racist bigotry, then you are sending the message that bigotry and discrimination against gays isn't so bad and thus that gays themselves deserve less protection and consideration as compared to others -- and that makes you part of the problem, not part of the solution.