On July 19th, 2009, for the second weekend in a row, homosexuals and their allies showed up to stage a "kiss-in" at Main Street Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City. Passers-by were treated to the nauseating spectacle of hairy-legged men with five-o-clock shadows passionately lip-locking in public. But they were not alone. This time, counter-protestors, not only members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also pro-family activists from America Forever showed up to raise the voice of opposition. Full stories published by the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, KSTU Channel 13, and KSL Channel 5.
The "kiss-in" began around 12:15 P.M. MDT. At least 100 "kissers" (Tribune estimates 200) gathered at the south end of the Main Street Plaza before crossing the line separating the public sidewalk from LDS church property for three rounds of kissing between the plaza's fountain pool and the LDS Temple.
The counter-protestors were holding placards chiding gays for leading a persecution movement against American religions. Their presence triggering a 20-minute shouting match between the two sides. Despite two slight altercations between protesters and counter-protesters, no one was hurt or arrested. KSL news video embedded below:
Although unsuccessful in their attempt to prevent the "kissers" from entering church property, the counter-protesters, led by America Forever's Sandra Rodrigues, did at least hold their ground. "This is nothing but a stage to persecute, intimidate and harass the Church because of Proposition 8," said Rodrigues, who is also LDS. "They're doing this all around the country to bring down the nation and its God to elevate their cause." Another counter-protestor, 25-year-old Brigham Young University graduate Kate Savage said, "It's as if the doctrine of the importance of families we're taught is used to destroy other people's families, and we don't understand that".
The previous "kiss-in" took place in the same area on July 12th, and there was no organized opposition. The "kiss-ins" are intended to protest the arrest of Derek Jones and Matthew Aune for trespassing in the same area on July 9th. While no additional "kiss-ins" have been formally announced, scuttlebutt is that there might be more to come.
The Salt Lake Tribune has also published an excellent article entitled "Gay incident reopens Salt Lake City's Main Street plaza wounds", which provides background on why Main Street Plaza has become such a bone of political contention.