MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Metro Transit bus driver who objects on religious grounds is being allowed to abstain from driving buses that carry gay-themed ads.
At issue is a billboard for Lavender, a Twin Cities magazine aimed at the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. The ad shows the face of a young man with the slogan, "Unleash Your Inner Gay."
A Metro Transit spokesman says the bus company's diversity office determined that it could reasonably accommodate the driver's beliefs by not assigning her to any of the 25 buses out of 150 at her garage that carry the ad.
But a union leader says the bus company is condoning intolerance. She says driving a bus doesn't require endorsing the ads on it.