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Hundreds of activists headed to Lima, Peru on Saturday to stage a “kissathon” protest in favor of LGBTQ rights.
The call to action was made through social networks for dozens of LBGT couples to hold a simultaneous and prolonged period of kissing, an action severely criticized by some sectors of Peruvian society, especially among staunchly conservative, Catholic groups.
“The streets of Peru are for all, regardless of sexual orientation. Therefore kisses, whether homosexual or heterosexual, should be seen as a normal behavior and not as inappropriate,” LGBT groups said.
Peru law doesn’t recognize anti-LGBTQ hate crimes or accept same-sex marriage. But the country is making small steps toward equality. Last January, a court recognized a gay couple’s Mexican marriage license.