Ok, so i know its super short notice, but if you are reading this and live in NYC please come out to stand vigil with us, Wednesday April 22.

Here’s the deal:

The UN is trying to pass this “declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity ” (see below), basically saying that no one should be discriminated against because of anything, including their sexuality.  predictably, the Catholic Church has decided that despite their belief that they are for runners of social justice, that they need to block this declaration, because it  seems to be in opposition to their stance that gays are not entitled to get married or have equal rights or equal love from God do to their sinful nature.


In conjunction with our friends at Soulforce (remember “7 straight nights”?), we will be standing vigil outside the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See.  We hope to be scene and spark interest so that we may speak out against this wretched idea of blocking a resolution of equal rights  for ALL humans.


9-9:30am; gathering at Marble Collegiate Church (1 West 29th Street) and walk to vigil site.

10am- 4pm; Vigil , Prayer, Conversations and Public Education

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, 26 E. 39th st

hope to see you there. remember this is a NON VIOLENT campaign. you are welcome to come and go as you need to.  any amount of time on the line is wonderful.  and if your interested in some civil disobedience, i think there will be an opportunity for that.

Come out and join us please.  Jay and i will be there, not sure who else. We would love to have you with us.  This is an opportunity to live out the ideas and actions we preach and believe in.  Please STAND with us.

And if your the praying type, we wouldn’t mind if you tossed a few our way Wednesday and Thursday.

here is the UN STATEMENT:

  1. We reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year, Article 1 of which proclaims that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”;
  2. We reaffirm that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as set out in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the International Covenants on Civil and Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  3. We reaffirm the principle of non-discrimination which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;
  4. We are deeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
  5. We are also disturbed that violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that these practices undermine the integrity and dignity of those subjected to these abuses;
  6. We condemn the human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur, in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention and deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health;
  7. We recall the statement in 2006 before the Human Rights Council by fifty four countries requesting the President of the Council to provide an opportunity, at an appropriate future session of the Council, for discussing these violations;
  8. We commend the attention paid to these issues by special procedures of the Human Rights Council and treaty bodies and encourage them to continue to integrate consideration of human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity within their relevant mandates;
  9. We welcome the adoption of Resolution AG/RES. 2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States during its 38th session in 3 June 2008;
  10. We call upon all States and relevant international human rights mechanisms to commit to promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  11. We urge States to take all the necessary measures, in particular legislative or administrative, to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
  12. We urge States to ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice;
  13. We urge States to ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders, and remove obstacles which prevent them from carrying out their work on issues of human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.


  1. Katie says:

    Hey guys, can I recommend you releasing a 140 character statement that us internet people can twitter/facebook/myspace about. If there’s enough people we can make it on to trending topics and maybe get you guys some attention.

    We’d like to help even though far away!

  2. wade says:

    Sorry that I’m here at work way downtown reading this at 3:00 and not on the streets with you guys. Hope that it’s gone well by the time anyone involved gets around to reading this.
    It might be slightly related; I just came across a well suited response to anyone who claims (as in that ridiculous “PSA”) that gay rights will somehow restrict his/her own personal freedoms:

    Fred Phelps

  3. Richard G Evans says:

    I am a strongly committed Catholic Christian. I also am in agreement that human rights violations are never “Christian” in any way. I think the concern of some Catholics (myself included) is that, as has occurred in Canada and a number of places, numerous churches who do not share the same view of the definition of marriage will be “gagged” so to speak from sharing their beliefs that homosexual behavior is sinful. That would be wrong also in my opinion.

    Churches should always have the right to teach their own doctrine, as long as it is shared lovingly. Personally I really like and strongly support the idea of marriages being totally separate from the state altogether, and instead having some type of civil union to be in its place for all consenting adults, gay, straight, or simply co-habiting, with all of the same rights across the board for any who choose this. Even some fairly conservative Catholics such as Doug Kmiec have publicly come out in support of this idea. It would be worth some dialogue anyway.

    Having said all of that, I completely agree with you that the Vatican should have stood far more firm on the human rights of all people here, and while disagreeing with church sanctioned homosexual unions, which is their right, to declare clearly that it is also the right of those who wish for them to be protected and free from harassment. That is clear historic Catholic social teaching. I cannot fathom why they did not do so in the first place.

    So in short I agree with you, but would ask that you do not lump all semi-conservative Catholics such as myself in the category of bigots, even if we do not support calling it same sex marriage as such. I am not saying you did so, but please do not turn this into an anti-Catholicism issue because of a poorly worded document from Rome. We are not all bad here, and just recently (thankfully) the Church did come out with its own statement that essentially agrees with the UN one. But I strongly agree that they should sign the UN one too. Blessings.

  4. Richard G Evans says:

    QUESTION–is there a way for individuals to sign this document? Just wondering…

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