Hawaii

$80K settlement in gay couple's wrongful arrest lawsuit

Honolulu will pay $80,000 to settle a lesbian couple's lawsuit alleging a city's police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a grocery store while on vacation.

The settlement was announced Friday in federal court in Honolulu. It's still subject to City Council approval.

Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero were visiting Hawaii form Los Angeles last year when they say they were harassed and arrested because the officer didn't like their public displays of affection in a Foodland store on Oahu's North Shore.

The lawsuit says they were walking through the aisles holding hands and at one point hugged and kissed. The women say they complied when the officer told them to "take it somewhere else."

After a scuffle, the officer arrested them.