By Chris Huqueriza
After Pope Benedict XVI of the Catholic Church made a statement that gay marriage will threaten justice and peace in his World Day of Peace address, Italy’s LGBT community and its allies responded back.
“In a country like Italy, we can’t expect political leaders to ask the people to have the courage to support necessary change and balance inequalities still present in legislative measures,” noted organizers of Italian LGBT advocacy group, CondividiLove.
According to the Holy See, the Pope said that same-sex marriage is “unnatural” and against human nature while “constituting an offense against the truth of the human person, with serious harm to justice and peace.”
“There is…a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union,” the 85-year-old religious leader said in his annual address. “Such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society. These principles are not truths of faith, nor are they simply a corollary of the right to religious freedom. They are inscribed in human nature itself, accessible to reason and thus common to all humanity.”
In a strong response, CondividiLove wore hearts on their chests and chanted love slogans as they rallied at a peaceful demonstration in St. Peter’s Square.
The advocacy group produced an application that has gone viral which allows a user to upload a photo of themselves which is then overlaid with a pink heart saying, “I am a threat to peace.” Facebook users can use the photo as their profile picture with another version for couples. Currently, over 2,500 people have shared the application.
CondividiLove, which means, “Share the love,” is a project with slogan and brand that remains inclusive to people of any sexual orientation.
Since their inception last summer, the group has supported initiatives fighting for equal rights. They state on their website that “Marriage is a right, for everybody. Share it, Share the love.”
This isn’t the first time Pope Benedict XVI has vocally opposed same-sex unions. According to the Associated Press, Pope spoke against same-sex marriage earlier this year and called it “insidious and dangerous” and “a threat to humanity.”