If you visit Salt Lake City, make sure that you don’t get too friendly. It turns out that public displays of affection are against the law there, at least for certain people.
Last week, a young couple was placed in handcuffs while standing in what they thought was a public plaza on Main Street Salt Lake City, but was in fact property recently transferred from the city government to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – the Mormons. What was the offense? A kiss… on the cheek.
Apparently, security guards prowl the Main Street Plaza, waiting, ever-vigilant, in case people kiss. The handcuffed couple was also accused of speaking dirty words, but that was after they were handcuffed.
The couple was gay, but the Mormons say they’ll handcuff any couple at all who tries to kiss out in public. I haven’t been able to find any record of heterosexual couples getting taken into custody for kissing while in Salt Lake City, though.
The Mormons say that they’re protecting marriage. I wonder, though, how anyone is ever going to get married if they can’t even kiss.