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Gay Couple Kissing 'Ordered Off London Bus By Homophobic Driver'

20/10/2014 11:56 BST | Updated 20/10/2014 12:59 BST

A gay couple say they were ordered off a London bus by the driver after he spotted them kissing.

Jack James, 23, and his partner were on board an 89 bus near Blackheath when the driver allegedly made homophobic comments.

James told the Evening Standard: “We were chatting away when my partner gave me a peck on the lips.

“The bus driver shouted ‘Oi you two don’t do that on my fucking bus or you can get off, I don’t want to watch that’.”

Initially, the couple thought the driver could not be speaking to them.

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James added: "When the bus stopped at our stop I walked up to the driver and politely asked the driver if he was talking to us. His reply was 'Yes, it's my bus, it is my rules, and I don't want to watch that. It's disgusting. Get off the bus'.

"Once we got off the bus we were fuming and I was shaking. The bus stopped again and he shouted and told us we were not real men and we should f*** off."

The alleged incident happened on August 8 at around 10.30pm.

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Ken Davidson, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, told Huffington Post UK via email: “All customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused and offensive behaviour is completely unacceptable.

"We would like to reassure Mr James that this matter is being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation is being conducted by Go Ahead.”

Earlier this month, hundreds of people took part in a a "big consensual kiss-in" at a Sainsbury's store in Brighton in protest at the treatment of two women who were threatened with ejection from the store a few days earlier for kissing.