Shortly afterwards the taxi driver, Ahmad El Boutari, pulled over and said: "I don't want to argue with you, just get out of my vehicle". "We had leaned over and peck kissed, and then a couple of minutes later, the driver abruptly pulled over".
The driver said he asked them to stop kissing and lower the volume on their phones.
One of the outraged women then questions the driver, saying, "What are you f***ing talking about?" "This doesn't feel right", Iovine said. "We always thought we lived in this untouchable New York City bubble where LGBTQ is so accepted", Ms Pichl said. She maintained that she is aware of the ride sharing company's rules against sex in the backseat and said she and her girlfriend did nothing more than kiss.
"We were sitting on opposite sides of the vehicle", Alex told the New York Daily News.
"I think we are going to steer clear of Uber for a bit", Pichl said.
In a statement, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) described the driver's alleged behavior as "blatantly discriminatory" and "repugnant", WABC reported.
Video footage shows the moment the man informs the pair that kissing in the back of the auto is illegal. "You aren't allowed to do this".
And a same-sex IN couple said that a driver for Lyft, another popular ride-sharing service, also kicked them out for a "peck".
The couple angrily threatens to call the police, saying: 'It's not illegal to kiss in NY'.
Elbotari also spoke to the News, claiming that the couple was simply acting obnoxious, with one of them forcing the other to smell her armpit, playing music loudly on their phones, putting feet on the seat.
"It's illegal", he is heard saying after being asked why he's kicking them out.
"I think, for both us, it was just a shock, not really knowing what to say", she said. The couple had called the Uber to take them from Gowanus to the East Village, and it was just over the Manhattan Bridge when they say the incident began.
Uber's Community Guidelines state, in the "Give riders and drivers some personal space" section, "We all value our personal space and privacy".
"We've never been targeted with such prejudicial behaviour".
Uber says it does not tolerate discrimination and is investigating.
A spokesman said the commission was investigating the incident. "It was a good lesson to show it can happen to you anywhere".
The spokeswoman, who did not identify the driver, said the accusation is troubling and that Uber takes such reports seriously.