Christian homosexuals have written a letter to the Pope Benedict XVI on Friday asking that the Catholic church issue a statement in defense of people who are persecuted worldwide solely on grounds of their sexual orientation.
The letter was written by Christian homosexuals on Friday in advance of Rome's EuroPride Festival on Saturday which is expected to attract thousands of people to Rome on Saturday.
According to the open letter written by the gays and lesbians, "We ask your Holiness to condemn violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals and to ensure that criminal punishment for sexual relations between people of the same sex are lifted around the world."
The EuroPride Festival, at which Lady Gaga, the international singer and celebrity is expected to sing her song "Born this Way," cited the killing of David Kato, a gay activist in Uganda as evidence of homophobia in Catholic countries. Uganda is a predominantly Catholic country and homosexuality is a criminal offense in Uganda. The letter said that the silence of the Vatican on the persecution of gays worldwide can be interpreted to mean that the Vatican approves of killings and persecution of gays and lesbians in countries like Uganda.
The pope is unlikely to change the stand of the Catholic Church on the issue of homosexuality. The Church considers homosexuality a sin and against the will and law of God and has continued to condemn it as such. Catholic countries, in particular, have laws making homosexuality a criminal offense .