New signs at Mormon plaza say anyone can be barred

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New signs at the Mormon church-owned downtown plaza put visitors on notice: Anyone can be asked to leave for any reason.The change follows a much-publicized incident this summer where two men were cited for trespassing on the plaza after sharing a kiss. City prosecutors did not pursue the charges, saying signs at the plaza didn’t adequately warn the couple they were entering private property.Church spokesman Scott Trotter says the new signs include extra text at the suggestion of the Salt Lake City prosecutor’s office. The sign now says the church reserves the right to refuse access to anyone.City prosecutor Sim Gill says the new signs provide clarity. With those in place, he says visitors that refuse to leave could be prosecuted for trespassing.

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