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04/19/2007


Tensions Rise in St. Louis as Gays Protest Catholic Involvement in Anti-Gay Maine Marriage Vote

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Some dedicated activists in St. Louis have been holding weekend protests against the Catholic Church since Maine's marriage equality law was voted down in November. This past Sunday was the group's third protest. KMOX reports:

Stlouis "About 65 members of a groups Show Me No Hate and the Catholic Action Network lined the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral Sunday afternoon. It's the latest in a series of Sunday demonstrations following news that Archbishop Robert Carlson donated $10,000 to help veto a gay marriage law in the state of Maine. On Sunday four protestors attempted to stand alongside their cars parked at a 45 degree angle in front of the church holding signs that read, 'Honk for Equality' or 'Separation of Church and Hate.' That's when they claim police muffled their protest by ordering them back on the sidewalk. There were no arrests and no allegations of police getting physical. But organizer Ed Reggi captured a tense exchange with an officer on video tape (videos AFTER THE JUMP), in which he was warned to 'prepare for arrest,' when he refused at first to step back on the sidewalk. The officer on the video tells Reggi that he is not allowed on the street and that his holding of signs there was disturbing traffic and had prompted several 911 calls."

The Archdiocese released a statement that it had nothing to do with the fact that the police were there.

The police also released a statement: "Several of the protestors told police that they wanted to get arrested for the media attention. They have been doing these protests every week for several weeks now with no arrests, so this is their way of getting media attention. If someone is alleging officer misconduct, we encourage them to contact the Internal Affairs Division."

Protestors have planned another demonstration for this coming Sunday and have called on their members to "Show up in full force."

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YouTube wants to run full-length episodes of network TV shows.

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Ryan Reynolds on his Green Lantern role.

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Three Gay Men Assaulted in St. Louis; Attackers Yelled 'Faggots'

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Three gay men were attacked leaving The Complex Nightclub in St. Louis early Saturday morning, KSDK reports:

Complex "Jacob Piwowarczyk says, 'I have a soft tissue bruise on my elbow. I have six stitches in my eye and I have a mild concussion.' These are the physical reminders, of a night Piwowarczyk won't soon forget. He and two friends were leaving the Complex Nightclub when it happened. Piwowarczyk says, 'They came up out of the car and they start calling us f*^%#.' He says there were four of them, men who had just left another bar that shares the parking lot. He says, 'We kept telling them please leave us alone, we're fine. From there, the one kid didn't like what we told them and decided to punch me in the eye and I fell to the ground. And at that time my friend was laying on the ground and they started kicking him in the face.' First security responded, then police. But by the time they arrived, the suspects were gone. Police say they are searching for the men and call this an on-going investigation. According to the victims, the suspects drove off in a black SUV with Illinois plates."

According to the Vital Voice, "Missouri was one of the first states to include both sexual orientation and gender identity protections in its 1999 Hate Crimes Law signed by Gov. Mel Carnahan. The new Federal Hate Crimes Law, which was signed by President Obama in October, offers similar protections."

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