"I'm not the kind of person to do that kind of thing in public,"
says Jonathan Williams, one of two men on a first date asked to leave the John Snow
pub for "obscene" behavior on Wednesday.
The John Snow is described in much of the reportage as being in London's traditionally gay-friendly Soho, but is a little distant from Old Compton Street
, the spiritual heart of gay London (and site of London's first and last homophobic terrorist attack
Apparently asked to leave for being "obscene", the two - and the pub - have become caught up in a debate about the relative acceptability of different forms of PDA. In an immediate response kiss-ins
are being scheduled at the venue.
Paul Shetler, organising tonight's kiss-in, told Gaydar Radio
(YT, accompanied by still images of shirtless men kissing) that this is the third such incident he has heard of in the last month in London.
However, a former president of the Licensers and Vintners Association has stood up for the right of publicans to eject whomever they like for whatever reason
, in an argument not far from Rand Paul's
objections to the intrusion of the Civil Rights Acts into private enterprise.
Satirical newspaper The Daily Mash, meanwhile, has speculated on what might have happened if the couple had been different in one small but significant fashion
(headshot of two people kissing).
What John Snow, confirmed bachelor, teetotaller and father of epidemiology
, would think about the whole thing is unclear. At the very least, he might find the rapid transmission of information to organize the protest fascinating.