A male gay couple who kissed in front of the Coliseum in Rome have been arrested and charged with 'lewd conduct'. If convicted the men could be gaoled for upto two years.
It won't surprise anyone that the police have naturally denied their action was motivated by homophobia, but it will also be no surprise that they have nevertheless been unable to demonstrate that a heterosexual couple has ever been arrested for kissing there. Gay group Arcigay has called for a "national gay kiss-in" at the Coliseum on August 2 to highlight just how ridiculous are the police's actions.
Meanwhile in Amsterdam a 'hetero boat' is to be added to the city's gay parade on water to show solidarity with gays and lesbians who have been attacked physically for the similar 'crime' of kissing in public; it seems that homophobic attacks have been increasing recently in Holland.