Protestors shed their shirts to oppose anti-gay Vatican

Pope Benedict

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini


Protesters from Ukraine-based rights group FEMEN staged a topless demonstration against the Vatican’s increasingly hostile stance on gay rights this weekend. The four women, whose torsos were inked with messages like “In Gay We Trust” and “Shut Up!”, interrupted Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

The women, who were standing with the crowd, doffed their winter attire with impressive speed while shouting their pro-gay rights messages. The prayerful crowd parted and police officers rushed in to roughhouse the women away, though the FEMEN members struggled and continued to protest even as they were bundled off in aggressive fashion.

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