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Gay Catholics & Allies Protest Vatican Opposition to Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Boston, MA. DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry and Call To Action-three Catholic organizations that support gay equality-will hold vigils in five cities across the nation on Wednesday, Dec 10, to protest Vatican opposition to a United Nations resolution that would decriminalize homosexuality. In more than 80 countries, gay people can still be imprisoned or even executed. The resolution will be presented to the UN on the day of the vigils.

"We applaud the United Nations for its call to end the laws that make gay and lesbian people criminals," said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA's Executive Director. "But our joy is overwhelmed by our shock over Vatican's opposition to this initiative. Using faith and religion as an excuse to support laws that allow countries to imprison or execute gay people is shameful. We cannot be silent-the Vatican does not speak for all Catholics on this."

Locations and times for the vigils are:

Boston, MA

6:30 PM Eastern Time
Holy Cross Cathedral
1400 Washington Street
Boston, MA
Contact Person: Rocco Pigneri, dignityinfo@dignityboston.org
Directions: http://www.angelfire.com/ma4/cathedral/directions.html

Dallas, TX

5:30 PM Central Time
Cathedral Guadalupe
2215 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX
Contact Person: Jon Garinn, garinns@sbcglobal.net
Directions: http://www.cathedralguadalupe.org/about/directions.cfm

New York, NY

12:30 - 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Fifth Avenue & 51st Street (in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral)
New York, NY
Contact Person: Jeff Stone, kathycurran@yahoo.com

Seattle, WA

4:45 - 5:30 PM
St. James Cathedral
804 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA
Contact Person: Leo N. Egashira, legashira@yahoo.com
Directions: http://www.stjames-cathedral.org/Main.htm

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