Gay rights activists in London plan to hold a kiss-in for at least three hours on Friday to protest the Soho pub that ejected two men for kissing.
According to the London Evening Standard, the demonstration at the John Snow pub has the support of gay Tory MP Alan Duncan, who called the event a "witty and powerful way of objecting to prejudice."
Jonathan Williams and James Bull, who were on their first date, said they were asked to leave the pub, owned by the Samuel Smith Old Brewery on Broadwick Street in the gay-friendly neighborhood, on Wednesday after the landlady called them "obscene" for kissing on the mouth. A man in the pub had complained about them.
"But just before closing time Mr Bull was putting his coat on to leave and gave Mr Williams a 'peck on the lips,'" reported the Evening Standard. "A woman claiming to be the landlady interrupted the pair and told them they had been warned and must leave the pub. The man who confronted them earlier joined in."
Bull later called the police, who visited his home to take a statement. The landlady had not given her name.
Williams said he would welcome an apology from the pub, which did not comment on the incident, according to the Evening Standard.