The Gay Liberation Network just announced that it will picket the seat of Chicago's Roman Catholic Archdiocese on Valentine's Day.
Last year activists from GLN and other LGBT rights groups occupied the Cook County Marriage License Bureau to protest Illinois' refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, then marched through downtown before ending up at Holy Name Cathedral.
Why the animosity toward Holy Name? According to the GLN statement, the goal is to highlight the Catholic hierarchy's complicity with the denial of equal rights to same-sex couples.
As a local example, Chicago's Catholic leader Cardinal Francis George has worked tirelessly -- albeit from behind the scenes -- to block our path to full legal equality. George attempted to kill LGBT inclusion as a protected class in the Illinois Human Rights Act, which now protects us from housing and employment discrimination. He and other Catholic bishops circulated petitions in a failed effort to force an advisory referendum on "gay marriage," and George is the head of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops which spent big bucks backing Prop 8 hate in California. Back in Illinois, George is working hard today to block same sex-marriage and/or civil unions.
God and the Chicago Police willing, GLN and supporters plan to start the action at 10:30 a.m. It's not like Holy Name and Cardinal George aren't used to being targeted; it was less than two years ago that six young activists crashed Holy Name's Easter Mass and staged a messy protest involving fake blood, ending up in jail and inciting an unholy, non-denominational fury.