Group Plans ‘Kiss-In' at Mormon Temple

Gay-rights activists say protest will be peaceful

A gay rights group plans to stage a mass kissing demonstration outside the San Diego Mormon temple as a show of support for a gay couple cited for trespassing in Utah after sharing a kiss on church property.
The "kiss-in" is intended as a peaceful rally to encourage dialogue between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the gay community, said officials from the Empowering Spirits Foundation.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the temple near La Jolla. Mormons consider the temple and its surrounding grounds, which are near Nobel Drive,  to be a sacred place.
It would be the third kissing demonstration held since Matt Aune and Derek Jones were cited for trespassing on the church-owned Main Street Plaza on July 9 in Salt Lake City.
The couple refused to leave the plaza when security guards who saw the kiss said the behavior was inappropriate.

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