updated 4/25/2005 9:55:09 AM ET 2005-04-25T13:55:09

A Stockholm restaurant owner who kicked out a lesbian couple after he saw them kissing was found guilty Monday of unlawful discrimination by an appeals court and ordered to pay one of the women 50,000 kronor ($7,130) in damages.

Aziz Cakir had been acquitted by a lower court last year.

On July 4, 2003, he asked Anna Fernstroem and Susanne Gustafsson to leave his restaurant because they were homosexual, the prosecutor claimed.

Cakir told police that he didn't accept anybody "making out" in his restaurant, regardless of their sexual orientation. The prosecutor however said she believed the women were targeted because they were lesbian.

"This is fantastic," Gustafsson told Swedish Radio. "This verdict shows that we have the same right to show each other affection and love as heterosexuals in our society," she said.

Cakir said he had not yet decided whether to appeal the sentence to the Supreme Court.

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