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200 Gays And Lesbians Hold 'Kiss-in' In Front Of Pope

It happened today as the Pope drove by a large crowd in Barcelona in his "Popemobile." The 'kiss-in' was held to protest the homophobic stance of the Pope and Catholic Church. The CBC reports:

About 200 people protested against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday by jeering and staging a gay "kiss-in." The protest by gays and lesbians took place as Benedict was being driven in his bullet-proof popemobile to celebrate mass at the city's iconic basilica, La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family).

The Pope did not react to the gay-kiss demonstration near the church, and the protesters were outnumbered by thousands of flag-waving supporters of the pontiff.

Kiss The LA Times describes what the Pope told those who were assembled inside of the basilica: "As he inaugurated the church's main altar, he railed against same-sex marriage and divorce, saying families are built on the 'indissoluble love of a man and a woman' who should be provided with financial and social benefits from governments. The pontiff also consecrated the building for use as a church in a colorful ceremony seldom seen performed by a pope."

Video of the protests by LGBT activists, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Poor, poor Benedict. Imagine, seeing gay people kissing instead of being burned at the stake! It's the end of civilization as we know it!

    Too bad the goddamned closet queen didn't have a heart attack.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 7, 2010 12:41:05 PM

  2. So the pope wants to see tax dollars spent to support families made up only of heteros and their offspring? I suggest he stop using the tax dodge his religion uses to keep from paying his fair share. Tax the Church! Also, I think if justice is to be done, gays should be tax exempt.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Nov 7, 2010 12:51:21 PM

  3. What the hell does a 80yo virgin that dresses like a place setting at a fancy restaurant know about marriage? He needs to shut his lying mouth. Ugh how can anyone call themselves a catholic?

    Posted by: Religionispoison | Nov 7, 2010 1:02:39 PM

  4. The text is not quite right. La Sagrada Familia was not a basilica when the pope was being driven to it. It became a basilica while he was there.

    I was hoping there would be more demonstrators.

    According to , the visit cost the government more than 2,000,000 euros.

    See also - there's a "translate" button on the right.

    Posted by: Jack H | Nov 7, 2010 1:03:00 PM

  5. Hurry- get back to Italy Il Papa-
    Prada is having a sale-
    You have absolutely NO credibility or authority to speak on matters of sexuality, families, or in actuality-
    people with a sense of decency because you possess none- No shoooo -go away before
    a thunderbolt strikes you from your imaginary god.

    Posted by: nick | Nov 7, 2010 1:22:52 PM

  6. I am proud of the Spanish citizens who have stood up to protest against the bigoted views of the Catholic church during the Pope's visit. True to form, the Pope has used the opportunity to slam gay marriage in Spain. Spain, despite being predominantly Catholic, was the first nation in Europe to legislate for gay partnerships.

    Posted by: Damien Miner | Nov 7, 2010 1:22:59 PM

  7. Well, that link didn't appear. Let's try again:

    The Catalan News Agency estimates fewer than 100 kissers.

    Posted by: Jack H | Nov 7, 2010 1:29:52 PM

  8. @Damien Miner well done! You and other lovers made clear point, love wins hate!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 7, 2010 1:30:08 PM

  9. I would love to have been part of this protest!!!

    Posted by: George F | Nov 7, 2010 1:45:58 PM

  10. I agree. My girlfriend is in Spain right now for training, but of course we could not participate because I am still in the States awaiting her return.

    I would have loved to have been apart of this protest with her. :)

    Posted by: Tatiana | Nov 7, 2010 2:56:14 PM

  11. 2,000 protesters would have been much better than 200. I don't understand why there weren't more.

    Posted by: Jack H | Nov 7, 2010 3:09:54 PM

  12. How "indissoluble" can family be if you chuck out the gay kids? How "indissoluble" can the love between a man and a woman be if there is no love there and no possibility for love there?

    It's a shame the Pope doesn't have a child or two he could sacrifice to a loveless heterosexual marriage with a gay man or lesbian.

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 7, 2010 3:22:09 PM

  13. this supposed man of god has preached hate and intolerance his entire life. he started as a hitler youth where hate and bigotry where taught on a daily basis he then graduated to become a catholic priest where the same values were taught. now he is the leading exponents of this values for an organization who puts foward these values on a daily basis. if these are the values of their god i feel sorry for them.

    Posted by: walter | Nov 7, 2010 3:55:47 PM

  14. I have mixed feelings about this protest, but only because I despise the pope and wish everyone in the world would ignore him and his idiotic, hateful words.

    I wonder how long the Vatican will continue to hold sway or even exist. It would be such a huge step forward for civilization if it were demolished, but I realize that's a pipe dream. It won't even go bankrupt from the myriad pedophilia-related lawsuits thanks to support from the Italian government (and the Spanish government, and others). And he has the gall to claim to know what's decent and right, much less talk about fiscal policy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 7, 2010 5:00:43 PM

  15. Babosos! If you're going to be outnumbered at an event like this, at least let yourselves be seen showing some righteous anger. "Kiss-ins", in my opinion, do not qualify as legitimate protest actions. In a couple of days, Ratzi won't even remember it happened.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Nov 7, 2010 5:48:10 PM

  16. I just wanted to add one thing: I just saw clip from La Sagrada Familia filmed today, it truly a stunningly beautiful masterpiece! I've been there few yrs ago, but now... I need to travel to Bcn just to see it.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 7, 2010 5:49:23 PM

  17. My boyfrind lived in the city last year so I visited it quite a bit. The Sagrada Familia is not the best the city has to offer - the Santa Maria Del Mar church built by the city's sailors in the 14th century is far more beautiful and moving.

    Then just a short hop to the Champagniere Bar for a glass of cava...and the pope will be gone by he time you get there.

    Posted by: arch | Nov 7, 2010 7:22:08 PM

  18. I'm sure the Pope was disgusted. None of those men were kissing a male under the age of 12, and as we all know that's the only kind of male/male love that he supports.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 7, 2010 10:04:53 PM

  19. Next time hold a SUCK IN! THAT will get his "attention"

    Posted by: shannon | Nov 8, 2010 1:28:38 AM

  20. Other than give him a boner...what was the point of this?

    Protests don't do anything anymore now that there are laws regarding "how". Back when you could stop traffic, clog up streets, protests were effective. They scared people.

    Now? Meh.

    You want to make a difference and get things done? Boycott!

    Money talks, bullshit walks.

    Don't support the Catholic Church. Don't support a bigoted military policy. Don't support anti-gay businesses. When they see the loss in donations, recruitments, and money they will change policy.

    Posted by: Rin | Nov 8, 2010 7:59:22 AM

  21. One REALLY wants to know: Did Her Holiness get just a little moist? Hmmmmm?

    Posted by: Perry | Nov 8, 2010 4:10:56 PM

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