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Gay couple protest Pope's Spanish visit with a Kiss

Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss
01/03
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Gay couple protest against the Catholic Church by kissing eachother as Pope Benedict XVI passes by. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 06/11/2010.
Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss
02/03
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Anti Catholic Church protests have been taking place all week in the Galician capital, leading up to the Pope's visit. However, most of them have followed a more conventional format. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 06/11/2010.
Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss
03/03
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Borja (l) and Oscar (r) decided to take part in the flash mob event out of protest against the Church's access to such large sums of public funds in what is a secular state. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 06/11/2010.
  • Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss
  • Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss
  • Gay couple protest Popes Spanish visit with a Kiss

A Spanish Gay couple protested with a kiss for Pope Benedict XVI today as he passed by in Santiago de Compostela, Spain 06/11/2010.

Oscar Pousa Míguez and Borja Furelos Couselo chose a more affectionate way to speak their minds in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, this afternoon, by kissing each other for the Pope.

As part of a nationwide Facebook-driven gay and lesbian kissing protest against the Pope's visit to Santiago and Barcelona this weekend, the couple kissed each other as the Pope's convoy drove by, on its way to a public Mass outside the city's cathedral.

Protests against the Catholic Church's views on a wide variety of topics, and the cost of the pontiff's visit have been taking place all week in Santiago.

On their decision to use kissing as a form of protest, Oscar says, "On a personal level, the idea of a homosexual kiss in front of the Pope is something unusual and certainly interesting. On a general level, I don't agree that even if I don't belong to the (Catholic) church, I have to pay taxes to them."

"If we didn´t have to pay for it all, then I wouldn´t mind, each to their own. But the problem is paying for something you strongly disagree with."

"A kiss reaches people. It's peaceful protest. You can't say anything against a kiss."

It is expected that tomorrow the Pope will be greeted in Barcelona by an even larger kissing protest.

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