This week in Salt Lake City and San Diego, the protest continued over the recent roughing and cuffing of two gay men caught kissing on an LDS “public” thoroughfare. Sunday’s event in Salt Lake City involved about 200 prokissers of various sexual orientations. Although met with sign-holding anti-affection shouters, the group wandered onto LDS property and kissed without incident. As with the first kiss-in protest, LGBT allies were prominent and outspoken in their support.
[S]everal gay couples moved to the plaza for kissing and hand-holding, along with straight couples such as Peter Saunders, a Salt Lake City software designer, and his wife of 37 years, Gerda.
“There’s no need for controversy and hatred, especially in a beautiful environment like this,” said Saunders, raising his right arm toward the temple.
LDS Church members in support of the protest, and troubled by their church’s support last fall for California’s Proposition 8, also made a showing. One handed out fliers promoting an online petition for reconciliation between the church and the gay and lesbian community. Another, 25-year-old Brigham Young University graduate Kate Savage, attended with her boyfriend, Tristan Call.
“It’s as if the doctrine of the importance of families we’re taught is used to destroy other people’s families, and we don’t understand that,” Savage said.
Another kiss-in was held outside a San Diego Mormon temple on Wednesday. In contrast to the Salt Lake City affair, the 30 or so prokissers snogged in the sunshine free of counter-protest.
UPDATE: Join the Impact is organizing The Great Nationwide Kiss-In on August 15th in response to several recent arrests of gay couples kissing in public in TX as well as the UT case described here. We’ll have more on this later, but for now check out JTI’s page.
* Kiss’ll get you cuffed in Salt Lake City
* Kiss-in on Main Street