Hundreds of Peruvian Catholics gathered at the entry to the Cathedral of Lima to pray a Rosary for Peace in reply to a “Kiss-in Against Homophobia” prearranged by a small group of homosexuals and lesbians just a few yards away from the church.
This was the second time gay activists staged a “kiss-in,” after their first protest ruined with police forcibly removing them from the steps of the cathedral on Feb. 12.
This time they came with the open blessing of Lima’s mayor, Susana Villaran, who has voiced her support for homosexual unions on many occasions.
Despite a heavy media campaign to endorse the Feb. 19 “kiss-in,” only eight people showed up in Lima’s central square.
In response to the planned protest, some 200 Catholics showed up at 3:30 p.m. exterior the cathedral and formed a human barrier for more than three hours. The group spent the time quietly praying the Rosary and singing hymns.
Not surprisingly, a large dependent of reporters and cameramen showed up to cover the protest by three gay couples and a pair of lesbians.
Daniel Torres Cox, who came to pray the rosary, told ACI Prensa, “We are really here to defend our faith in some way.” He called the homosexual protest “an attack on what we consider in, and that’s why we are here, to simply protect that.”