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LGBT Brazilians greet Pope with ‘kiss-in’ to protest stance on gay marriage

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — LGBT Brazilians on Monday greeted Pope Francis with a “beijaco,” or kiss-in, upon the pontiff’s arrival in Rio de Janeiro as a protest of the Catholic Church’s stance on same-sex marriage.

An estimated 200 participants kissed along the papal motorcade, and again on the steps of the Catholic Church of Our Lady Victorious in the city’s central square of Largo do Machado.

Felipe Dana, APPope Francis waves from his popemobile as he makes his way into central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Rio police had blocked access to the state governor’s palace as hundreds of Anonymous “hacktivists” and “gay militants” rallied to denounce Rio state Governor Sergio Cabral’s policies, and the $53 million spent on the Pope’s landmark visit to what remains the world’s most populous Catholic nation.

“Go away Cabral, go away Dilma,” the demonstrators chanted while a huge banner read: “Down with the fascist state and its anti-people governments.”

The protestors had attempted to march toward the Guanabara Palace, where Sergio Cabral, Governor of Rio De Janeiro State, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff received Pope Francis.

The 76-year-old Argentinean Pontiff rode in an open-top jeep through the center of Rio de Janeiro, kicking off his week-long visit to a country whose Catholic numbers are slipping, and in which a slow economic progress has recently added to by social unrest.

The gay-kissing protest was organized the LGBT rights advocates via Facebook and did not affiliate with any official advocacy group.

“There is no interest in meeting up with the Pope, we have nothing to demand from the church,” said one organizers, in a video posted on YouTube. “We do not want or need any religion to legitimate our sexualities. We just want them to be respected.”

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25 more reader comments:

  1. If Catholics can accept that their Priests molest little kids – they sure as Hell can accept “Gays” – we are better than those people.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:29am
  2. Brazil knows how to protest while the US is worried about twinkies.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:30am
  3. If Catholics can accept that their Priests molest little kids – they sure as Hell can accept “Gays” – we are better than those people.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:45am
  4. It´s still a mystery to me how Pope Francis truly thinks of us. But knowing he´s a pope, I´m not holding my breath for him lending us a hand any time soon.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:57am
  5. I hope he spat on all of you. Lucky it wasn´t Airtime Merritt. He would round house kick you till you were screaming you were straight

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:59am
  6. He seems a nice man with a good heart and he is gonna make a lot of changes for the Church. I´m Brazilian.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:03am
  7. FUCK THE POPE!!! I don´t see why he so important.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:04am
  8. They should have met him with AK-47´s and grenades. Death to the Catholic Church. Kill all priests and let “god” sort them out.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:14am
  9. @ Montana…you are a Pig, no one cares what you think.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:18am
  10. @Montana Preist, go fuck another child while you lick the Popes dick you stupid fuck!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:27am
  11. Oh and that goes for your friend Airtime too!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:28am
  12. Why bother wasting your keystrokes on a bigoted closet queen? LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:44am
  13. IRONY at its finest

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:09am
  14. This Church is Rich, Corrupt and Behind the times…. It needs to change or become Obsolete….

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:44am
  15. Small Minded Idiots is what we are dealing with.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:46am
  16. @Montana Priest…. You and this church is Evil… And Violent.. Hope you realize that Jesus was all about Love……
    No Go Away….

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:47am
  17. Way to yo. Good for them. The catholic church is so archaic and way behind the times. They need to get into the 21st century.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:19am
  18. porque voces não protestam , vão as ruas tirem as roupas beigem na boca façam estardalhaços porque o geam não escreve contra o papa porque na verdade é manipulação da globo quando estes politicos precisarem de vocês eles incitaram o movimento sou pastor evangelico tenho funcionario assumido e não tenho que mudar ele em nada eu o amo do geito que ele é o que fico triste é com a manipulação da midia .

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:48am
  19. Classic!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:35pm
  20. The priests often molest boys. I say the churches anti-gay stance is damage control.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:47pm
  21. I already reported Montana Priest for hate speech, don;t worry.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:49pm
  22. HAHAHAH!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:41pm
  23. Haha show the old bastard!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:26pm
  24. Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:40pm
  25. listen to this video and you will understand the concept that the church wants to do…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:41pm