On Sunday, gay rights activists gathered near St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City during Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly prayers to protest comments the pontiff made on Friday condemning gay marriage in a speech intended for the World Day of Peace.
Th AFP reports around 15 activists holding up colorful paper hearts with various slogans such as “Love Has No Barriers”, “Talk About Love”, “Homophobia = Death”, “I Am a Lesbian. I Am Not a Danger” and “Love Thy Neighbor” were prevented from accessing St Peter’s Square, which was packed with tens of thousands of the faithful eager to hear the pope recite the Angelus on the third Sunday of Advent.
One of the protesters captured video of police confiscating the harmful hearts and according to the video’s description, the protesters were detained by police for an hour so as to be identified.
“We find intolerable the assertion that gay unions are dangerous to the world. Weapons are much more dangerous,” Gianfranco Mascia, an activist who organized the protest, told Reuters. “No to arms, yes to rights for everyone.”