A second “kiss in” protest organized by supporters of a gay couple who were detained by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (the Mormons) security guards over a kiss on the cheek escalated into a shouting match between gay activists and counter-protesters Sunday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

For the second consecutive Sunday, supporters gathered near the Main Street Plaza where the couple was detained and later cited for trespassing. The “kiss in” drew about 100 gay and straight couples who held hands and exchanged affectionate kisses. Couples wore paper hearts in solidarity with Matt Aune, 28, and his partner Derek Jones, 25, who crossed the plaza, a walkway that connects the Mormon Temple to other church sites that belong to the church, holding hands as they walked home from a concert two weeks ago. Near the edge of the plaza, Aune says he stopped, hugged Jones and kissed him on the cheek.

The couple was cuffed and detained when they protested against requests by guards that they leave. Guards told them public displays of affection are not allowed on the plaza.

Supporters were greeted by members of America Forever, an anti-gay group, who jeered as supporters kissed and held up signs that blamed gays for “leading a persecution movement against American religions.”

At the America Forever website, the group says it is fighting for “an America where children and minors will have the same rights that millions of others have had: To be raised without [the] influences of homosexuality, in an environment that does not suggest, instigate, entice, or pursue the practice of onanism (sexual intercourse for pleasure not procreation).”

The AP reports no one was arrested or cited.

The church says the couple was detained and cited for trespassing by the Salt Lake City police because the men were “engaged in passionate kissing, groping, profane and lewd language, and had obviously been using alcohol.”

“There was much more involved than a simple kiss on the cheek,” the church said in a statement Friday.

A police report quotes guards as saying the pair were told to leave church property because they were “kissing and hugging,” and does not indicate that the men would have been allowed to remain on the plaza even if they had stopped.