The gay community is up in arms regarding a recent confrontation between gay "kissers" and the Mormon Church.
From what I've been able to discern, on July 8 two homosexual men trespassed on Mormon Church property in Salt Lake City and engaged in what a Mormon witness reported as, "… passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and (obvious use of) alcohol" (Read The Associated Press story.)
What is unclear is whether or not the church's representative's account of the event is wholly accurate. The two men who admitted to stopping for the kiss seem to insist that they simply cut through the property on their way home and just sat for a (one?) kiss. As a result of the men being handcuffed and one being "pinned to the ground," a "kiss-in" was held at the same plaza that was attended by 100 or so people, including both gay and heterosexual couples.
First, how can anyone seriously suggest that the first instance was nothing more than two innocent gay men stopping for a kiss on the way home from a nearby concert? They were on Mormon property, for crying out loud! It's no secret that the Mormon Church is outspoken regarding its stance on homosexuality.
And now, in response, a "kiss-in" was held on Mormon property to protest the actions by Mormon authorities? This is nothing more than political activism run amuck.
Private property should always be respected. And to openly engage in such behavior on the grounds of the Mormon Church goes beyond the bounds of common decency and common sense.
Once again, the gay community isn't advocating acceptance of their lifestyle; they're insisting that it be embraced by those who disagree with their behavior. It seems that they don't want to just get along; they truly want to force their way of life on the rest of society. This is just plain wrong.
I would hope that the gay community would understand this and persuade their members to use better judgment with their public displays of affection. After all, everyone deserves respect - including homosexuals, as well as the Mormon Church.
Jerome R. Kinderman