Lincoln restaurant apologises over 'lesbians aren't real couples' comment
A restaurant has apologised after a waitress allegedly told two women "lesbians aren't real couples".
The pair were enjoying a Valentine's Day meal at Damon's in Doddington Road, Lincoln.
Liz Ross, 25, from Cromwell near Newark, was with Hayley Simpson, 21, of nearby Balderton.
She said: "I went on Valentine's Day with Hayley, my girlfriend, as we knew it had nice food and good service.
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"I noticed as I was paying the bill all the girls were getting roses.
"Hayley went to the toilet and I asked if I could get one.
"The waitress said we couldn't have one because they were for couples.
"I said we were a lesbian couple, but she told us 'lesbians aren't real couples'."
In a letter to the couple, operations manager Keith Gee said the business took a "strong stance" on homophobia.
"This is the first time we have ever had a sexuality complaint within our last 24 years in business from either guests or staff," he said.
"On behalf of the company please accept my sincere apologies."