NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE RELEASES NEW VIDEO: “Organized Chicago Protesters Denounce Catholics as Bigots During Mass: Coming to a Church Near You?” --Brian Brown
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released a new video documenting the organized protests in Chicago by the Gay Liberation Network in front of Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, February 13 during their religious services.
After the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) intervened, the Chicago City Council announced that the police would refuse to enforce an injunction forbidding protests in front of religious services on this particular occasion.
“It’s outrageous that the city of Chicago stepped in and basically told police not to enforce a law for this one occasion. Gay Liberation Network is not above the law. If the city believed the ordinance was unconstitutional they should either repeal it for everyone, or go to court to get a determination. What happened instead was indefensible: Stripping Catholics of their legal right to attend religious services peacefully ---just so the Gay Liberation Network could conduct a protest during mass before Valentine’s Day,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “We don’t know yet if this signals a new phase in the gay marriage movement: organized protests at churches nationwide.”
The Gay Liberation Network targeted Holy Name Cathedral because of Cardinal George’s outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions.
“The theme of the protesters was ‘It’s Time to Stop Being Nice to Anti-Gay Bigots’,” points out Brown. “The Gay Liberation Network has an aggressive new agenda that includes stripping Catholic schools and charities of ‘tax dollars’ unless the Church caves in to their ideology.”
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