Two Melbourne gay activists staged a ‘kiss-in’  at the Global Atheist Convention yesteday.

The pair locked lips in front of a small group of fundamentalist Islamic protesters who had come to speak out against the event.

Amid shouting between convention participants and the protesters, Gregory Storer said he and partner Michael Barnett decided to take a stand.

“My partner Michael and I took advantage of the moment to kiss in front of the group,” Storer said.

“We understand that in some Islamic states gay people are persecuted and executed for their sexuality.  It was an ideal opportunity to  challenge the notion of acceptance and tolerance.

Storer said as he and Barnett began kissing, the protesters shouted, “Burn in hell”.

Storer said security guards were forced to circle the protesters and one woman, who threw herself against protesters, was moved away from the scene.

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