Broadway Cab driver suspended after allegedly forcing same-sex couple out on I-84

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Shanako Devoll, left, with partner, Kate Neal. The couple say they were forced out of a Broadway Cab on I-84 around midnight Thursday because the driver objected to their sexual orientation.Courtesy of Kate Neal

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Shanako M. Devoll and her partner Kate Neal say a Broadway Cab driver ditched them on the side of a Portland freeway around midnight Thursday because of their sexual orientation.

Devoll said she was showing affection to Neal when the cab driver started making inappropriate comments.

“I was holding her hand and we kissed a couple of times in the back seat, minding our own business,” Devoll said. “He made homophobic remarks that were very hurtful to us. We did not want to be in his cab.”

But the couple asked to be let off at a safe spot, Devoll said.

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