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.
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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.”