Gay couple cited, handcuffed after kissing on Mormon ground

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Gay couple detained for kissingA gay couple was cited and handcuffed after a peck on the cheek while walking home from an event in Salt Lake City.

Aune said the incident started when he and Jones were walking back to their Salt Lake City home from a Twilight Concert Series show at the Gallivan Center. The couple live just blocks away from the plaza in the Marmalade district of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The pair crossed the plaza holding hands, Aune said. About 20 feet from the edge of the plaza, Aune said he stopped, put his arm on Jones’ back and kissed him on the cheek.

Several security guards then arrived and asked the pair to leave, saying that public displays of affection are not allowed on the church property, Aune and Jones said. They protested, saying they often see other couples holding hands and kissing there, said Jones.

“We were kind of standing up for ourselves,” Jones said. “It was obviously because we were gay.”
The guards put Jones on the ground and handcuffed him, he said. Aune said he was also cuffed roughly, and suffered bruises and a swollen wrist. The injuries did not require medical treatment, Snyder said.

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Post by ILO on 07/10/09 at 6:16 pm