Span­ish gays plan ‘kiss-in’ protest for Pope

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MADRID: Span­ish gays and les­bians will hold a protest ‘‘kiss-in’’ to­day in front of Pope Benedict XVI when he joins mas­sive Catholic youth fes­tiv­i­ties in Madrid.

The kiss-in is be­ing or­gan­ised on Face­book by gay groups in­clud­ing Asam­blea Trans­mar­i­cabollo de Sol, set up dur­ing pop­u­lar ‘‘in­dig­nant’’ protests that erupted on May 15 over eco­nomic anger.

The kiss-in is aimed at protest­ing the Ro­man Catholic Church’s ‘‘moral con­dem­na­tions of sex­u­al­ity’’, a spokesman for the Trans­mar­i­cabollo group, Jaime del Val, said. Or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for a gay-les­bian kiss-in ‘‘ded­i­cated to an ed­u­ca­tional, lewd, and (r)evo­lu­tion­ary cel­e­bra­tion of the ar­rival of the Holy Fa­ther Benedict XVI’’. Nearly 300 peo­ple have signed up for the protest, the ex­act site for which had not yet been cho­sen.

An es­ti­mated one mil­lion young Ro­man Catholics or more are cel­e­brat­ing World Youth Day in and around Madrid from Au­gust 16-21 in a rock fes­ti­val­style at­mos­phere. Pope Benedict XVI ar­rives to­day to join the fi­nal four days of the cel­e­bra­tions. He will be wel­comed by the young­sters in a ma­jor cer­e­mony at Madrid’s cen­tral Plaza Ci­beles.

When the Pope vis­ited Spain in Novem­ber last year, he was con­fronted by a gay kiss-in in Barcelona.

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