Utahns participate in national kiss-in


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Both gay and straight people gathered in Library Square Saturday morning to smooch each other in support of gay rights.

The Great Nationwide Kiss-In took place in about 50 U.S. cities Saturday. It was formed in response to recent events in three cities, including Salt Lake City, where gay or lesbian couples have been harassed, detained or arrested for kissing in a public place.

At Saturday's event, Justan Peterson, "We need to stop attacking people because they're showing expression in public. Nobody else gets attacked in public. Nobody else gets arrested. Nobody else gets thrown to the ground. And this needs to stop."

This is the third kiss-in that has taken place in Salt Lake in recent months. The two others took place on or near property owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in response to the two gay men arrested on the Church's Main Street Plaza for kissing in July.

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