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Australians Protest Kissing Rules

January 14, 2001

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ About 100 protesters puckered up in public Sunday to protest restrictions on kissing at a Brisbane, Australia park.

The mass smooch, at which 50 couples kissed, was a show of solidarity with two gay men who were ejected from the city-run South Bank Parklands last weekend for kissing in public.

Mark Pendleton, a protester with the National Union of Students, accused the park of discriminating against homosexuals.

``We don’t see South Bank Parklands kicking off heterosexuals you see at the park, so we don’t think there is any reason why gay couples should be not allowed to do that as well,″ Pendleton said.

A spokeswoman for the park said couples of both sexual persuasions had been asked to ``tone it down″ in the park, which is popular with families.

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