A security guard at a Burger King in downtown Madrid made two young men leave the restaurant for kissing on November 29, Spain's El Pais newspaper reported.
In response, an estimated 100 people, including at least a dozen same-sex couples, staged a kiss-in at the fast-food restaurant Saturday to protest the homophobic move, according to Huffington Post's Spanish site. Employees and guests inside the restaurant applauded during the demonstration.
The couple, 18 and 19 years old, said they were sharing a kiss at the Madrid restaurant last month when a security guard told them they should not subject children to such displays of affection between two men and ordered them to leave.
"He said to us that we couldn’t do things like that," one of the men told El Pais. "That there were children around." The couple left the establishment, but reported the incident to a local LGBT organization Arcópoli, which organized the protest.
"This type of behavior is unacceptable in our city and we hope that the Burger King chain will take sufficiently forceful measures to make sure it doesn't happen again," Amanda Rodríguez, one of the Arcópoli organizers posted on the group's Facebook page, according to Huffington Post.
A spokesperson for Burger King told Huffington Post that the couple's expulsion was an "isolated event that does not reflect Burger King Corporation's long history of respecting diversity."
El Pais reported that a statement on the American-owned chain's Facebook page said the security guard had "acted on his own initiative," and that "having learned of the facts, [Burger King] took immediate action to deal with the incident." The chain did not specify what those actions were.
Check out the images below from a protest full of passion, purpose, and puckering up:
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