Advocates stage kiss-in at Madrid Burger King after gay couple kicked-out

Gay rights advocates stage a kiss-in at a Burger King restaurant in Madrid. AP

Gay rights advocates stage a kiss-in at a Burger King restaurant in Madrid.AP

Gay rights advocates stage a kiss-in at a Burger King restaurant in Madrid.

MADRID — Gay rights advocates staged a kiss-in protest in a Madrid Burger King over the weekend where a same-sex couple was previously kicked out for kissing.

Last month, a couple aged 18 and 19 were told to leave the Plaza de los Cubos restaurant by a security guard after families allegedly complained that they were setting a “bad example” to children, reports The Independent.

One of the young men, who did not want to be named, told El Pais: “They said that their children didn’t have to see that.”

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Other diners stood up for the couple and encouraged them to stay, but at the guard’s insistence, they eventually left in order to avoid additional conflict.

Burger King later released a statement saying the security guard “acted on his own initiative.”

The Dec. 6 protest was organized by LGBT rights organisation Arcópoli, and was greeted by applause from the restaurant’s staff.

The Miami-based chain said “the franchise that operates this restaurant has a zero tolerance police for any type of discrimination and, upon learning of these events, has taken immediate measures to address the incident.”

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