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Gay Couple's Reported Violation Triggers Galleria 'Kiss-In' Protest

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, beginning at 11 a.m., according to a Facebook event page.

A group of individuals have created a Facebook event encouraging others to hold a "kiss-in" after it was reported that Roseville Galleria officials escorted a gay couple out, allegedly for kissing and holding hands inside the mall.

The "kiss-in," which has already amassed 193 RSVPs, with more than 3,700 invited, decries the mall's actions a violation of equal rights.

"If you have not heard, Galleria security kicked out a gay couple for holding hands and smooching in the mall," the event describes. "This is NOT okay, esp [sic] when several straight couples were not kicked out. Come and stand up for your rights and equality!!!!!!!"

"Let's send a message that we deserve respect!!!!!!"

The event has received a mixed response in its comments section, some seeming to be torn over whether this is the appropriate course of action.

"I just don't want to participate in any protest that will inflame the ppl [sic] around the protest," said one commenter. "What you're protesting is fine, just do not like the method."

The news, which Fox40 reported yesterday alleges that 21-year-old Daniel Chesmore and his boyfriend Jose Guzman, 24, recorded audio of a Roseville Galleria guard asking them to leave for continuously kissing in public.

The guard explains, "Period ... I counted you guys kissing 25 times. I told you before, we contact any couple..."

A Galleria representative told Fox40 that "Persons that violate the Code of Conduct are asked to leave the property," but the newstation reports that diplays of affection are not mentioned in the Galleria's code of conduct.

The protest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday near a Galleria Starbucks, according to the event page.

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Judy Saint March 05, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Whether this kissing incident fits a perfect definition of bigotry isn't so much the point, exactly, as much as the fact that bigotry is outright prevalent everywhere we go. Not only are people not used to seeing gay couples kiss in normal affectionate fashion, but we also can't get people's attention that there are still so many outrageous laws on the books making all of life so hard for us. Don't be distracted as to whether this or that little detail of this matter warrants such a reaction - try to see the bigger picture of what is happening in this country to civil rights, particularly due to religiously-led outcasting. It's a much bigger problem, and that's why the LGBT community is quick to react. Strike while the iron is hot does not depend on how the iron became hot.
Lorrie Stevens March 05, 2013 at 09:53 PM
This will get the mall some great foot traffic. The protesters may say they're not going to shop but you know some will. The spectators will definitely shop. It ought to be beneficial to the mall in sales and sales tax revenue for the city. Sounds like a win win for everyone!
Judy Saint March 05, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I do intend to shop while I'm there - at JCPenney. I'll be holding my JCPenney bag during the protest. We're not all negative - we know who to support, and we're organized.
Roseville Resident March 06, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Wouldn't it be just "Peachy" if we could take a stand for something other than sexual preference and get on with solving some real issues with our society
C J March 06, 2013 at 05:04 AM
To the author, Joshua Staab - Did you read the Westfield mall code of conduct? Apparently not, because contrary to what you reported in your article it DOES state in #2 "...or using sexually explicit language or conduct...". Let's keep our facts straight. I realize that in that paragraph, you're reporting what the station reported. But offering the truth (as in the both sides of the story) is part of being a balanced journalist.
C. Whitson March 06, 2013 at 06:25 AM
What's "sexually explicit" about kissing, especially if the same behavior is routinely tolerated every day (if you look like a heterosexual couple)? This is selective enforcement, and thereby unjust.
John March 06, 2013 at 09:47 AM
25 times is a bit much....its a mall not make-out point. People do NOT come there to see M-F/M-M/F-F kiss in rapid succession. Its sounding more and more like whatever LGBT want to do they don't want any restrictions from anyone or they play the victim role.
Peter Muster March 06, 2013 at 06:26 PM
They kissed in a simple manner on the cheek. They are in love, and kissing your loved one on the cheek and holding hands shouldn't get you made to feel like a criminal. Also, it's the guard who CLAIMS that he counted them kissing 25 times. I'm sorry, but no one kisses their partner 25 times. No one. And this couple didn't either. Even the reporter didn't buy that tale. What most likely happened is the managers or security guard noticed the gay couple, was stalking them and waiting for any excuse to kick them out, saw them show slight affection, and then went in for the kill.
Peter Muster March 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I didn't know that holding hands and kissing each other on the cheek is considered "sexually explicit conduct". Or is it only considered "sexually explicit conduct" if it is a same-sex couple? That's a rhetorical question.
Judy Saint March 06, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The well-spoken person at the Sac Gay & Lesbian Center put it well. She said the Galleria should have clear, delineated guidelines in place so that no guard is left having to interpret on his own, to better protect everyone, and that showing up on Saturday at 11:00 (at the Starbucks inside the Galleria by Tiffany's) is a good idea to help them realize they should get this conversation going. It's not a bad thing that the mall will now probably put better structure to their guidelines. It helps everyone. Do show up in support of educating the public that we care about equality. That's what it's all about. It's not a KISS-IN, it's "Love Is Love".
Peter Muster March 06, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation is a "real issue" for a lot of people in this country and elsewhere in the world. Just because you aren't personally affected by this issue doesn't mean that it's not a real issue that needs to be solved.
C J March 07, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Those of you claiming you know exactly what they were doing and how they were kissing are making false assumptions and an irresponsible argument. You weren't there. I work at the mall and because I had doubts about whether those 2 were telling the whole truth, I talked to one of the mall security who was involved and he said they were doing A LOT more than kissing on the cheek. He's a trustworthy and honest guy and I believe what he told me. Especially since there is video (that hasn't been released) to back up what he claims.

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