Lesbian couple scolded for kissing get apology from Twins

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The couple has received Facebook messages from stadium employees who say they need more diversity training.
Three weeks after the incident, the Minnesota Twins are apologizing on behalf of a security guard who told a lesbian couple they must "adhere to the 10 Commandments" at Target Field.

Twins spokesman Kevin Smith called the two women earlier today and said the guard should be "embarrassed" for his behavior.

"He sounded pretty sincere about it," says Taylor Campione, one of the women scolded by the guard. "It felt like he legitimately thought that this was messed up and he wants to do something about it."

Smith and several other Twins staff members will also meet with Campione and her girlfriend, Kelsi Culpepper, next Wednesday to talk about how they can avoid a situation like this from happening in the future.

"We just want to bring them in and talk to them," says Smith. "We've only seen each other and talked through the media."

Smith offered them a chance to receive an apology from the guard at the meeting, says Campione, though she's not sure she cares to hear it.

"I'm not really looking for an apology from this guy," she says. "I don't really expect it to be sincere at all."

The incident occurred on May 27 at the Twins-Angels game. After the security guard saw Campione and Culpepper exchange a quick peck on the lips, he approached Campione and told her, "You can't do that."

"I can kiss whoever I want to," Campione responded.

"Well, we don't play grab ass here," the guard answered.

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Campione and Culpepper have been inundated with interview requests from other media outlets since we reported their story Thursday.
When Culpepper confronted the guard a few minutes later, he repeated the "no grab ass" comment and told her she must "adhere to the 10 Commandments" at Target Field.

The guard has been reprimanded, but still works at Target Field.

Since we originally reported this story Thursday morning, Campione and Culpepper have received multiple Facebook messages from Target Field employees who say they believe the stadium needs more diversity and sensitivity training, says Campione. Some have also said they share Campione and Culpepper's belief that Target Field should adopt a zero-tolerance policy.

Smith says it's possible this incident could lead to more training, but couldn't say for sure. After meeting with Campione and Culpepper, the Twins human resources department will determine the appropriate next step, he says.

"We've got to remember, we're talking about one part-time security guard here," says Smith. "And if you walk around our organization, 99 percent of the people agreed that probably wasn't the best way to handle the situation."

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Art Allen
Art Allen

I'm getting sick and tired of baseball parks acting like churches. That whole issue of playing "God Bless America" instead of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was fine for a while after 9/11 but this is 10 years later almost. Like to know how this religious wing nut twisted a kiss into "grab ass" how stupid can this guy be?

beerwriter
beerwriter

This might be a bigger problem than an individual security guard. At the old Metrodome a Twins usher once threatened to deny me entrance, and tried to make me turn the t-shirt I'd wore to a game inside-out, because she thought the shirt was unChristian.

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

I believe the Twins are responding to this event proactively and appropriately.  We'll know more after the meeting on Wednesday.

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seriously
seriously

"Twins apologzie" was listed on the front page to link to this article.  Really?  Spell check, please.

Minneapolis Gal
Minneapolis Gal

I think someone should mention the twins kissing cam right about here and wonder why it has only caught straight couples at twins games?

GnarlyDavidson
GnarlyDavidson

I am willing to bet the answer is because as a camera man it would be much easier to spot male/female couples.  On sunday they did have Blyleven kiss a dude on cam, so there's that.....

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Make love not war! Lucky this two beautiful gals are in minnesota. In the Middle East they would be stoned to death. Obama is violating the war power act in Libya against his own lawyers and the justice department advice. Does anyone think that is more of an issue? Where is code pink? Where are the peace activists? Where is Cindy Sheehan? What is the end game in Libya, Mr President? Does Senator Klobuchar or Franken care about illegal wars?

green23
green23

Great. So as long as some other country is more repressive than the U.S, whatever we do is fine. Nice to know that "liberty" to a wingnut means "more free than North Korea".

Jeff Hendren
Jeff Hendren

Isn't the U S of A supposed to be better than Libya? 

zerofor
zerofor

Cindy Sheehan is actually still protesting the war.And while they would still be worse off in the Middle East than Minnesota, that's still cold comfort since many Minnesotans are working to deny their rights constantly.

vitajex
vitajex

This kind of thing NEVER happens at WNBA games...

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