Hans Totterer said he came to the LDS Church’s Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City for Sunday’s 12:15 p.m. “kiss-in” without plans for smooching.
After a heated exchange across signs held by counter-protesters from the anti-gay group America Forever, however, he found a surprise partner. As the two men locked lips, those in support of the protest cheered.
Counter-protesters holding placards chiding gays for “leading a persecution movement against American religions,” jeered.
“Their signs insulted me,” said Totterer, an 18-year-old supply store employee and Salt Lake Community College student. “They upset me so much, I couldn’t think of anything else to do.”
Later on, at the south end of the Main
Street Plaza, more than 200 protesters left the public sidewalk and walked onto church property for three rounds of kissing between the plaza’s fountain pool and Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
The event marked the second such protest in support of two men cited for trespassing on church property July 8 after security guards apprehended them for kissing on the plaza, which was sold to the church in 1999.