A gay couple has been arrested and fined in La Paz, Mexico for sharing a kiss on a street corner.
The citing offense?
Jorge, 24, and Alan, 26, were accused of “disturbing the peace.”
As the couple tells it, they were lip locked at around 10 p.m. when an officer approached them, called them by a homophobic slur and told them they had to come with him to the police station.
When they refused, he forcibly put them in a police van and drove them to the unit, where they each had to pay a fine of 300 pesos each upon release.
“We were terrified. The officers who arrested us were homophobic, corrupt liars. We never bothered the public order,” one of the men said.
A local LGBTI group has organized a kiss protest on 17 May — the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in response to the unjust (not to mention very illegal) treatment the couple endured.
h/t: Gay Star News