A third “kiss in” in support of a gay couple who were detained by the Mormon Church over sharing a kiss on church property is moving from Salt Lake City to San Diego.

The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a gay rights group, will stage the event in front of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' temple near La Jolla, California on Wednesday at 5PM.

For two consecutive Sundays in Salt Lake City about 100 demonstrators exchanged affectionate kisses and wore paper hearts in solidarity with Matt Aune, 28, and his partner Derek Jones, 25, who were detained by church security guards and cited by police for trespassing after sharing a kiss on the Main Street Plaza, a walkway that connects the Mormon Temple to other church sites that belong to the church.

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.

The group said the event is intended to encourage dialogue between the church and the gay community.

“Though we strongly disagree with the LDS church's stance on LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] issues, this is a time for both sides to come together and engage in respectful dialogue,” A. Latham Staples, executive director of ESF, said in a statement.

Church officials have defended their actions, saying 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.

The second “kiss in” became heated when anti-gay demonstrators rallied on behalf of the church.