A lesbian couple in the U.S. state of Kentucky were ordered to leave a park while taking photos on the park’s grounds, they believe because they are gay.
The two women, Cheri Chenault and Destiny Keith, went to E.C. Million Memorial Park in Richmond, Ky., last weekend to take photos ahead of the birth of their baby, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.
Photographer Jessica Miller-Poole, who owns 13 Wishes Photography took the women to a privately-owned section of the park that is open to the public. Immediately after the couple kissed for a photo, a park gatekeeper went over to the group, which consisted of Chenault, Keith, Miller-Poole and her husband, and told them they had to leave the park grounds because they were being inappropriate.
The photographer’s husband approached the gatekeeper to ask why he wanted them to leave: “He talked to the man and said that if it was because they were two women, that he wanted to know,” Miller-Poole told the Richmond Register. “The man said, ‘Those type of people were not welcomed there,’” she said. “My husband ended up getting very angry and had to walk away.”
“I never understood why people make such a big deal about being treated differently until I was actually in the middle of it and witnessed it firsthand,” Miller-Poole told the Register. “It really bothered me and upset me to witness someone be so cruel.”
The state of Kentucky does have a law against Hate-Crime which protects gay people, but they are currently not protected under the state’s Non-Discrimination Law.
Photo of Kentucky State Park