Mayor denies kissing ban, invites all to pucker up

MEXICO CITY (AP) - When you come to Guanajuato, pucker up.
Mayor Eduardo Romero is declaring the colonial city in central
Mexico "the kissing capital" of the world to disprove, once and
for all, claims that he has banned smooching in public.
The flap arose over an anti-obscenity law that many people
believed would fine anyone caught kissing in public. The government
denied it intended to ban kissing, but agreed to suspend the
legislation so its wording could be reviewed.
Romero unveiled advertisements Tuesday featuring a couple
locking lips on one of Guanajuato's many winding, cobble-stoned
streets. They read: "Guanajuato, the kissing capital."
A local legend of forbidden love gives the city claim to the
It tells of a young woman whose father prohibited her from
seeing her lover because he was too poor. But the couple lived
across from each other in a street so narrow they could lean out
their windows to kiss in secret.
That street remains known as the "kissing alley."

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