A Kiss Is Still a Kiss

It seems that kissing may be a problem in Salt Lake City.  At least when two men do it.

Chris Dobrusky, left, kisses Frank Armstrong during a protest Sunday to show opposition to recent actions of LDS Church security who detained a gay couple on Main Street Plaza, adjacent to Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters. (Jeremy Harmon / The Salt Lake Tribune)
Chris Dobrusky, left, kisses Frank Armstrong during a protest Sunday to show opposition to recent actions of LDS Church security who detained a gay couple on Main Street Plaza, adjacent to Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters. (Jeremy Harmon / The Salt Lake Tribune)

Security officials for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints detained two men on Thursday after one kissed the other one on the cheek within view of the church’s Temple. As a result, about 100 people, including heterosexual couples, gathered at Main Street Plaza for a “Kiss-in” protest this morning — showing their support for the two men.

It is not certain if a law was broken, but the public plaza is controlled by the church and apparently same-gender kissing is not allowed within church “guidelines.” They don’t allow protests either, so the demonstrators were turned away today, too.

Sources close to heaven said God was working on changing the church’s mind. The unnamed sources predicted an eventual shift in policy. “He’s working on it, and it will happen.”