Hundreds of people attended a ‘kiss-in’ protest outside a cafe in Vienna, after a lesbian couple were ejected for kissing.
The couple, Eva Prewein, 26 and Anastasia Lopez, 19, were last week made to leave the Café Prückel for kissing, after their waiter refused to serve them and the manager asked them to leave.
Several hundred people last night turned out to protest the café’s policies, with many locking lips with members of the same sex.
Ms Lopez told protesters: “I wanted to speak to the owner, and she told us that what we were doing was disgusing, and that she was disgusted by us. That what we were doing belonged in a brothel, and not a traditional Viennese cafe.
Philipp Pertl of Rainbow Scouting Austria said: “We are here to make a stand against intolerance and homophobia.
“The law needs to change. It cannot be that gay and lesbians get thrown out of a café or restaurant for kissing.”
The city is set to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May – after the victory of drag queen Conchita Wurst.
Austria grants limited LGBT rights – protecting people from discrimination and allowing registered partnerships, but continuing to ban same-sex marriage.
(Photos: Oliver Gray)