Rally Slams 'No Kissing' Rule in Mormon Plaza
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2009 4:29 PM CDT
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thomas Monson kisses his wife at a Mormon conference, April 5, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Gay and straight protesters covered each other in kisses today outside Salt Lake City’s Mormon Temple, USA Today reports. The rally—inspired by a gay couple who were handcuffed and cited Friday for smooching on church property—was organized to condemn the Mormon ban on "offensive, indecent, obscene, lewd or disorderly speech, dress or conduct.”

A call on social media sites this weekend urged supporters to show up wearing paper hearts and partake in “gentle” displays of affection. The kiss-happy protesters stayed just outside the Main Street Plaza, which is private church property. Municipal officials transferred it to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a 2003 land swap.