Gays kiss-in protest as pope passes in Barcelona

7th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Hundreds of gay men and women couples kissed each other in protest here Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI paraded through Barcelona's streets in his transparent "popemobile".

About 200 men and women locked lips for five minutes, breaking off to shout "Get out," and "paedophile" as the 83-year-old pontiff passed by.

"We are here to demonstrate against the pope's visit and call for a change in the mentality of the Catholic institution which still opposes our right to different ways of loving," said one protester, Sergi Diaz.

Helena Coll, 26, protesting with her friend Rebecca, added: "Religions speak of peace, humanity, of respect but then they they discriminate against these values."

The protesters crossed paths with supporters of the pope, who cried out: "Long live the pope. Here is the pope's youth."

There was no violence.

© 2010 AFP

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