A gay couple has filed a lawsuit against a cab driver and a Chicago-area taxi company, alleging the driver forced them out of his cab over a kiss.

Steven White of West Hollywood, California and his boyfriend Matt McCrea of Chicago were on their way to McCrea's home from O'Hare International Airport on a rainy June night when the kiss, described as a peck by McCrea, provoked the driver for Sun Taxi, identified as Jama Anshur in the complaint, to turn on and off the interior lights and tell the couple, “This is public transportation.”

The men claim that Anshur attempted to force them out of his cab and onto the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway. They refused, deciding instead to dial Chicago's 311 Call Center to file a complaint. When Anshur reentered the freeway, their call was routed to police.

Anshur attempted to eject the men from his cab at a nearby grocery store parking lot, but the men refused to leave the cab until police arrived.

Anshur told the officer responding to the call that McCrea and White had been “making sex” in his cab.

Chicago's cab-regulatory agency fined Anshur $1,540 and Sun Taxi fired him, according to reports quoting the complaint.

“We're doing this because what happened to us isn't right,” McCrea told Reuters, “and we want to make sure other people, if they find themselves in this situation, they know it's not OK.”

The men are seeking unspecified damages.