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Kiss-Ins Continue Near LDS Temple

in UNITED STATES, 24/07/2009

LGBT activists on Sunday continued their series of kiss-ins to protest the treatment of a gay couple detained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for kissing on church property in Salt Lake City

By Julie Bolcer
LGBT activists on Sunday continued their series of kiss-ins to protest the treatment of a gay couple detained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for kissing on church property in Salt Lake City, reports the Associated Press.

Some 100 gay and straight couples gathered to exchange kisses on Main Street Plaza near the Mormon Church temple, where antigay demonstrators greeted them. Shouting ensued, but no arrests were reported.

Matt Aune and his partner, Derek Jones, say they exchanged a kiss on the check at the church-owned plaza on July 9, which prompted security guards to detain them for “unwanted behavior” and call the police. Aune and Jones were cited for trespassing.

However, church spokeswoman Kim Farah described the couple’s behavior as “lewd” in a statement issued on Friday, according to the AP.

"There was much more involved that a simple kiss of the cheek," Farah said. "They engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol."

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