Sunday, July 12, 2009

"Kiss In" held near temple square

Excerpts of Protesters gather to smooch near LDS Temple,
Salt Lake Tribune
More than 100 people gathered Sunday morning near the LDS Church's Main Street Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City to rally support for two gay men who were detained by church security guards after kissing on the plaza.

Billed as a "kiss-in" the protest was organized to coax a meeting between LDS Church leaders and activists concerned about the incident. Former Salt Lake City Councilwoman Deeda Seed helped organize the kiss-in.

Heterosexual and gay couples exchanged meager kisses and pecks at the Sunday kiss-in, at the plaza's south entrance, at Main and South Temple streets. Church security guards kept a vigilant eye nearby on the plaza. Public displays of affection are prohibited on the privately owned plaza, church officials say. Many participants took photo snapshots of kissing protestors.

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