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Verfasser: Sappho Datum: Montag, den 13. Juli 2009, um 2:09 Uhr Betrifft: Die haben es getan!
Die Salt Lake Tribune berichtete:
Wearing bright red lipstick, Isabelle Warnas smiled and planted a big kiss on her husbands cheek, something she said she has done often under the spires of the LDS Churchs Salt Lake Temple.
"Nobody has said a thing to us," the 50-year-old Salt Lake City resident said.
This time, though, they had an audience of more than 100. They were gathered for a "kiss-in," staged Sunday morning at Main Street Plaza to show support for a gay couple who say they were detained by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints security guards after one man kissed the other on the cheek Thursday.
"My husband and I can not understand the discrimination," Warnas said. "This is not right."
The atmosphere Sunday morning was genial, and even merry among protesters. Several LDS Church security guards dressed in suits kept a watchful eye, and turned some protesters back when they tried to cross the church-owned plaza or walk onto the property to share a kiss.
Guards called police when protesters staged a walk onto the plaza, and officers stood to block the entrance.
"They were asked repeatedly not to come onto the property, and they chose to do so anyway," said LDS church spokeswoman Kim Farah. Though a few people spoke in protest, there were no direct confrontations.
In a prepared statement, Farah said the church welcomes the millions of visitors that come to its headquarters each year, but asks that "certain guidelines" be observed, including that no demonstrations are allowed.
One man, 45-year-old Lionel Trepanier, said he was pushed when he did not immediately leave the plaza.
"I dont know about that," Farah said.
The incident became a flash point for overlapping controversies: Anger over church support of Proposition 8, the amendment outlawing gay marriage in California, and still-simmering frustration over the citys sale of Main Street Plaza to the church about 10 years ago.
"A lot of people feel disrespected, feel less than fully human because of church policies," said Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott, who represents the downtown district. The sale allowed the church to ban objectionable activities, from protesting to sunbathing, on the plaza, which borders Temple Square and church headquarters.
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