Provocation of Christians in Front of Church by Gay Activists

Country: France

Date of incident: February 15, 2010

Gay activists plan mass kissing provocation in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Counterdemonstrations led to new location while a few remained there.

French homosexualist demonstrators had planned to have a "kiss in" in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris this Valentine's day.  But in response to the protests of a group of young French Catholics and patriots, it was moved away from the Church of Our Lady. The kiss-in was ostensibly meant to combat “homophobia.” The organizer of the kiss-in, Arthur Vauthier, had nevertheless said that it was a "way to challenge the Church, to question the Church on the question of love and marriage between gays and between lesbians."  He had furthermore boasted that he was "not afraid of a backlash." A number of Catholic and nationalist websites and blogs called on Catholics to "respond with courtesy and firmness to the provocation."  French Action called on people to help resist the demonstration, stating that " France is not a nightclub." The police then advised the demonstration's organizers to change its location because of a possible clash between the homosexualists and the Catholics. The event was moved to Saint-Michel, nearby. Some homosexualist demonstrators, however, decided to go ahead with their plan anyway. But a group of roughly 200 young Catholics had gathered by the time the homosexualists decided to start kissing each other in front of Notre Dame. The group of Catholics started shouting at the demonstrators at which point the police stepped in between the two groups and moved the gay activists away from the church.... Similar kiss-ins by Catholic or Mormon places of worship have been performed successfully by homosexualists throughout the world.  
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