NEWS NOTES: January 26, 2012
Here are links to some articles you might find of interest:
1) Let us keep LGBT people in Uganda in our prayers today, the first anniversary of the murder of activist David Kato. In “Uganda: Murdered Gay Activist David Kato ‘Lives On,’ ” the International Business Times reports that among Ugandan gay activists “a commitment to fight for equal rights in Africa has lost none of its force.”
2) Dignity/Chicago and the Rainbow Sash Movement are two of the sponsors of a Sunday, February 12th, 10:30 a.m. protest outside of the Windy City’s Holy Name Catholic Cathedral. LezGetReal.com reports the details and reasoning behind the protest in “Holy Name Cathedral Protest Set for 12 February.”
3) PinkNews.co.uk reports that the province of Queensland, Australia, has agreed to a Catholic priest’s 25,000-signature petition to eliminate the “gay panic” defense from the law. For details on the decision, read “Catholic priest wins ‘gay panic’ defence fight.” Bondings 2.0 blogged about Fr. Paul Kelly’s signature collecting efforts in our January 2, 2012, post “Catholic Priest Speaks Out for Equality in the Law.”
4) The New York Times carries an Associated Press story, “Gay Marriage Returns to the Political Spotlight,” which is a good round-up of upcoming marriage equality battles in seven states.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry
My understanding of the Cardinal George thing is that he criticised the LGBT movement for acting like the KKK in preventing people from going to mass and harassing Catholics. So by holding a protest on a Sunday outside a Cathedral it could be seen as validating Cardinal George point. I think there is a very real risk that this protest will make Cardinal George more antagonistic towards the LGBT cause and aleniate many moderate or conservative Catholics (like myself) against the LGBT movement