Gay campaigners reject 'homophobic' Church

8th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 July 2005, MADRID — Gay rights campaigners have asked the Spanish Roman Catholic Church to remove their details from religious archives in a protest at the Church's stance on gay marriage and adoption.

8 July 2005

MADRID — Gay rights campaigners have asked the Spanish Roman Catholic Church to remove their details from religious archives in a protest at the Church's stance on gay marriage and adoption.

Gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual campaigners presented 3,300 requests for apostasy, whereby they formally renounce their Catholic faith.

They cited the "homophobia, 'machismo', snobbishness, misogynist and rancid conservatism" of the Church as reasons for leaving the organisation. 

Fernando Pallás, of the Madrid Collective of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, said the Church archives which contained some personal details about each person who had been baptised or christened were a hangover from the Concordat struck between the dictator Francisco Franco and the Spanish Church.

The Concordat gave the Church state funds and support as long as it remained loyal to Franco.

Pallás said this were "pre-constitutional and unconstitutional".  

The move comes after the Church mounted strong opposition to the legalisation of gay marriage and adoption, which came in to force last week.

Spain become the forth country in the world to allow same-sex marriages.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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