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DignityUSA and Partners Ask Vatican to Condemn Anti-Gay Violence in Uganda

January 31, 2011

Dear Archbishop Chulikatt:

We write today as faithful Catholics who are deeply troubled by the violence and hatred being perpetrated on gay and lesbian people in Uganda. Just this week, activist David Kato was murdered brutally after a magazine published his photograph and a caption urging that he be killed.

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