Vatican's Anti-Gay Stance Yields Topless Protest
4 gay-rights activists cause a stir during Pope's weekly address
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2013 1:25 PM CST
Italian police officers stop a group of four women who went topless to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.   (AP Photo/Angelo Carconi)

(Newser) – The Vatican is doubling down on its anti-gay marriage stance, which today had the unlikely result of a group of women ripping their shirts off as Pope Benedict gave his Sunday address, reports Reuters. Four members of the Ukrainian Femen group screamed "homophobes, shut up!" and shed their shirts to reveal slogans including "In Gay We Trust," but were quickly carted away by police. The Pope didn't appear to notice. "Today we are here to protest against homophobia," one of the women tells the AP.

The women were responding to a Vatican editorial in response to a gay adoption case. It read: "The human is the masculine and the feminine ... the monogamous family is the ideal place to learn the meaning of human relations and is the environment where the best form of growth is possible."

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Jan 14, 2013 11:27 PM CST
This little hate group promotes violence against men. Look up their posters. One in particular displays a topless woman holding severed male testicles. Tolerance ya say?
Jan 14, 2013 1:08 PM CST
if i say i am anti gay marriage will you cute chicks protest at my house! no t shirts required!
Jan 14, 2013 8:12 AM CST
The Protestors appear to be American. Their signs were in perfect English and used Our Motto. I hipe they throw the Bra (OOPS!) Book at them. The Italians have too musch respect for the Vatican than to disgrace themselves by those actions. The four Lesbians don't even appear to be christians. So it was thier intent to perform with their Instuments. Everyone knows that female Breasts are not sexual organs but mouthorgans! So perhaps they belong to a Musicians Union? Now that they've had their moment of fame, they can crawl back under the roch from whence they came. ~Rick Magee, FL