July 16, 2009

“Kiss-in” staged near Salt Lake City Temple

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The police citation of two men who say they were stopped by LDS Church security for sharing a kiss on the cheek, has triggered two “kiss-in” protests at Main Street plaza near the Salt Lake City Temple, according to Lindsay Whitehurst of the Salt Lake Tribune. The alleged original kiss took place on land that was public before its sale to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a decade ago. The church bans speech and actions it disagrees with from taking place in the area between Temple Square and the Church Office Building. About 100 people gathered to make “gentle” displays of public affection during the first protest Sunday.

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