Chicago, IL —
As part of Freedom-to-Marry Day on Sunday, Feb. 14, the Gay Liberation Network has called for an informational picket of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., to highlight the role the Church's leadership has played in promoting inequality.
"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 gays and women," said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer.
According to a press release from GLN, Chicago's Cardinal Francis George attempted to kill LGBT inclusion as a protected class in the Illinois Human Rights Act, which now protects gays and lesbians from housing and employment discrimination.
Cardinal George is the head of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops which funded the Prop 8 campaign against marriage equality in California.
In 2007 Cardinal George wrote in a column for the Archdiocese of Chicago newspaper that same-sex behavior "brings people's salvation into jeopardy."
"When haters garb themselves in clerical robes, their statements and activities must be exposed," said Thayer. "The Gay Liberation Network encourages all people of good will, regardless of faith background, to join us on Sunday, February 14 in front of Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral."
The Freedom-to-Marry Day picket at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, is Sunday, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
For more information visit www.GayLiberation.net.