Gay activists say they'll rally for gay
rights on Valentine's Day.
Demonstrators in Chicago will protest
opposition by the Roman Catholic church to an Illinois law that added
sexual orientation to the list of protected classes in the state's
Human Rights Act, an anti-discrimination law that protects in the
areas of housing and employment.
Liberation Network (GLN) has called for the protest to be staged
outside Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, ChicagoPride.com
“In opposition to the desires of
millions of lay Catholics for simple justice for all, the hierarchy
of the Catholic Church has long aligned itself with, and often led,
the forces of hate and bigotry opposing equal rights for gay [men]
and women,” said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer.
In Paris, gay activists have scheduled
a kiss-in against homophobia to take pace outside the city's famed
Notre Dame Cathedral.
“It's a way to challenge the church,
their position on the issue of love and marriage between gays and
lesbians,” Arthur Vauthier, co-founder of Kiss-In,
the group behind the demonstration, told the French-based gay website
Vauthier, whose group has previously
organized similar events, said he expects hundreds to pucker up on
Back in the United States, a number of
demonstrations Sunday will cap the end of Freedom
to Marry week.
On Friday, gay activists in Dallas
returned to government offices to demand a marriage license for a
lesbian couple, the Dallas
Voice reported. Kay Mathews and Wendy Churitch, who legally
wed in Iowa last August, renewed their wedding vows outside the
Dallas Records Building. Supporters surrounding the couple carried
signs that read “End Marriage Segregation Now.”
Voters in Texas approved a
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2005.