Protest Near Vatican Denounces Policy on Gays

ROME (AP) - Gay rights proponents have denounced the Vatican's
policy on homosexuals in a small protest near St. Peter's Square.

About 200 people, including some Italian politicians, gathered just outside Vatican City Saturday evening to protest the church's opposition to initiatives to decriminalize homosexuality in all countries.

The Vatican's envoy to the United Nations recently said that the Holy See opposes a proposed U.N. declaration to decriminalize homosexuality.

The Vatican says unjust forms of discrimination must be avoided. But it is worried that any U.N. resolution against discrimination on gender could pressure countries to recognize same-sex marriage.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual activity is sinful.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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