An LGBT Valentine’s Day Protest in front of Chicago’s big Catholic Church

I don’t think a lot of people in politics get how angry the LGBT community is these days. A lot of campaign promises are made and not kept. Leading institutions, like the Catholic Church, preach homophobia and apply anti-gay pressure on politicians. Yesterday, in Chicago, a group of LGBT activists held a protest in front of the Holy Name Cathedral. I think we’ll be seeing more of this kind of action because we’re not getting our rights:

It wasn’t the first time gay-rights activists have protested on Valentine’s Day as a chance to champion equal rights and target the Catholic Church.

Last year, the Gay Liberation Network helped organize a march from the city building in which marriage licenses are issued to Holy Name to show support for gay marriage, said Andy Thayer, the group’s co-founder.

“We want to drag the church’s bigotry out of the closet,” said Thayer, 49.

Protester Andrew Ciscel, of Chicago, said Valentine’s Day should be viewed as Freedom to Marry Day. He passed out pamphlets calling on members of the Catholic community to withhold their weekly tithe, confront their priest and criticize the “rigid definition of families and the patriarchal posture of the church.”

Colleen Dolan, spokeswoman for the Chicago Archdiocese, said the protesters were misdirected.

“They may not like it, but it’s the teaching of the church that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Dolan said. “Those of us in the church don’t get to choose what the teachings are.”

That’s is such a crock. Fortunately, most Catholics don’t support the Church’s teaching. Catholics aren’t homophobes. Catholic leaders are (and they’re pretty big hypocrites, too.)


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