Taxi drivers take issue with Gay Games placards

CLEVELAND (AP) – Some taxi drivers who work at the Cleveland airport say they won’t drive cabs with rooftop placards advertising the upcoming Gay Games.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has released a statement saying two of the three taxi companies operating there were informed by several drivers that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated cab program.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer ( ) reports that the drivers cited religious reasons.

The airport said plans are in the works to replace the drivers in the 75-cab Hopkins fleet.

Patrick Keenan, general manager of Americab, says the company is supportive of the games and doesn’t share the views of the few drivers.

About 10,000 athletes are expected to participate in the Gay Games in Cleveland Aug. 9-16.

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