It was a lovely night in Salt Lake City when Derek Jones and his boyfriend, Matt, decided to take a walk. It turned ugly, however, when they wandered onto the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Main Street Plaza. The men were holding hands and then shared a kiss. Church security detained the two men and called the police, who arrived on scene and asked the two men to leave. When they refused, Derek and Matt were arrested for trespassing.
"We were called at about 10:25 p.m. by LDS security to come over to their property where two males were in custody for refusing to leave the property," explained Salt Lake police Sgt. Robin Snyder said. The couple was cited for trespassing, Snyder says, because "a property owner has the right to ask someone to leave their property. If they do not leave that property, then they have violated an ordinance, a Salt Lake City ordinance, which is trespassing. So, the police became involved."
The Mormon Church released a statement saying the couple was "asked to stop engaging in inappropriate behavior just as any other couple would have been. They became argumentative and used profanity and refused to leave the property. They were arrested and then given a citation for criminal trespass by SLPD."
But Derek Jones paints a different picture. In a blog, he says: "This especially irked the both of us because having walked through on a frequent basis (we often walk to work through there) and every time I have been through there are either marriage ceremonies going on, young Mormon couples cuddling in front the fountain, hugging, holding hands, etc.
"Matt then tried to get them to admit they were singling us out because they just didn't approve of ‘gay' public displays of affection, baiting them into revealing their bigotry."
Matt. You don't need to bait them to show their hatred. They funded hate in California and have been lying about it ever since. And this 'church' is so filled with homophobia that they even kick out their own members who dare to be gay.