Italian Gay Activists Charged For Kissing At Anti-Gay Protest

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Unbelievable. Two gay rights activists have been charged with a public order offense for kissing during a protest in Italy.

Irish news source The Journal states the men are among six activists charged for disturbing the peace while they expressed opposition to a March 29 protest held by the Sentinelle in Peidi, or Standing Sentries, a group that is against the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The activists are accused of calling the group's members "bigots" and "fascists," while four of them are accused of holding an unlawful demonstration, according to a police report, which states two male activists shared “a long and passionate kiss on the mouth … in front of many families with children and teenagers, many of them minors, leaving passersby disgusted at such a display,” when asked to leave.

Human Rights Watch has demanded the charges be dropped. Watch video of the protest, posted by Italian-based LGBT group Omphalos Arcigay Arcilesbica below. The kiss happens at around the 0:50 mark.