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.”
Article continues belowOther 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.”