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Indian Lawmaker: Jail Couples Over PDAs

Member of parliament says 'vulgar' displays should be outlawed

(Newser) - There's not being a fan of PDAs, and then there's this guy: A lawmaker in India wants overly affectionate couples jailed. Sakshi Maharaj, a member of parliament, complained to reporters about seeing too many gropey couples out in public, reports the Times of India . "They hug each... More »

Women's Suit: Kiss Got Us Arrested, Stranded in Hawaii

A vacation in Hawaii turned into a forced six-month stay on Oahu after a kiss

(Newser) - When Courtney Wilson and her girlfriend Taylor Guerrero visited Hawaii from California for the first time on vacation last March, they didn't realize they were about to be trapped on Oahu for six months. But on their second day, they went grocery shopping at Foodland Pupukea—and "we... More »

Most Affectionate US Olympic Team Is...

Men's volleyball, 'Wall Street Journal' determines

(Newser) - The gold medal for most on-camera displays of physical touch among US Olympic athletes goes to the men's volleyball team. The Wall Street Journal tallied up the number of high fives, group hugs, bum taps, and those one-armed "bro hugs" among US Olympic teams, and the results show... More »

Not All Schools Embrace Teen Hugging Fad

Kids fill hallways with displays of affection

(Newser) - Hugging is hip these days among teens: School hallways are clogged with pairs, or trios, of kids embracing, the New York Times reports. “We’re not afraid, we just get in and hug,” said a high school junior. But some schools aren’t so happy with the public... More »

Queen-Michelle PDA A-OK: Royal Court

(Newser) - Michelle Obama’s hands-on encounter with Queen Elizabeth yesterday was not a breach of protocol, Buckingham Palace assures CNN. The two shared a surprising half-embrace, virtually unheard of from Her Highness. “It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation,” the Royal Press Office said. Besides,... More »

Mayor Embraces Kissing in Public, Denies Ban

Mexican official starts ad campaign to prove that Guanajuato welcomes PDA, despite what people say

(Newser) - Planning a trip to Guanajuato, Mexico? You’d better bust out the lip balm, AP reports. Mayor Eduardo Romero has proclaimed his city “the kissing capital” to counter claims he’s against public displays of affection. Apparently, the wording of a local anti-obscenity law caused some people to believe... More »

Lesbian Liplock Sparks Stadium PDA Dispute

Mom complains to security after kiss at Mariners game

(Newser) - The Seattle Mariners' response to a fan complaint has set off a dispute about gay rights and public displays of affection. A Safeco Field employee told a lesbian couple they had to either stop kissing in the stands or leave the game, KOMO TV reports. One of the women says... More »

Teenagers Kiss Off S. African Lip-Locking Ban

They protest law that forbids smooching kids younger than 16

(Newser) - South African teenagers held a “kiss-in” yesterday to protest a new law that criminalizes romantic physical contact with anyone under 16, the Washington Post reports. The "Kissing Law” is intended to make it easier to prosecute older men sexually involved with younger girls. But the law has outraged... More »

Schools Squeeze Out Hugs

Double detention for Illinois girl a sign of the times

(Newser) - An eighth-grade student’s double detention for hugging friends at school has sparked a national debate. Rules concerning public displays of affection in school have surged over the last two decades, reports Time magazine, but there is little consensus about how far they should go in governing student behavior. Some... More »

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