Sunday, December 17, 2006

President of Massachusetts Catholic Citizenship Attacks Woman

The WORCESTER TELEGRAM & GAZETTE is reporting that Larry Cirignano, the president of Catholic Citizenship, physically assaulted a woman at the anti-gay marriage rally in Worcester on Saturday.

Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green “Let the People Vote” signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.” Mr. Cirignano then pushed
her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.

Larry Cirigano, who is a very visible member of the anti-gay movement in Massachusetts, was also a speaker at the rally.
Just moments before he pushed the woman to the ground, he had opened the afternoon rally by leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Afterward, Ms. Loy, in tears, arose and yelled to no one in particular, “That’s what hate does. That’s what hate does.”

Larry Cirigano is also part of the VoteOnMarriage team. The picture on the left was taken inside the State House. It shows Larry Cirguano with Kris Mineau, president of Massachusetts Family Institute, and Evelyn Reilly, executive director of the Massachusetts Family Institute. All three also act as lobbyists for VoteOnMarriage.

Larry Cirigano is also a spokesman and consultant for the Political Action Committee, MIPAC (Massachusetts Independent Political Action Committee). MIPAC is the PAC for VoteOnMarriage, Massachusetts Family Institute, and Catholic Citizenship.

MIPAC is "Dedicated to Restoring Traditional Family Values in Massachusetts" by electing anti-gay candidates to office. MIPAC claims that "
Since its founding nearly 8 years ago, MIPAC has raised several hundred thousand dollars and helped elect some of the leading legislators in the Massachusetts House of Representatives."

Larry Cirigano has ties to the radical anti-gay group, MassResistance. He was a special guest on the infamous MassResistance radio show. He was on the radio show on July 29th, 2006 as a representative from MIPAC to discuss the upcoming November elections for Legislature & Governor's Council.

I have my own relationship with Larry Cirigano. In January of 2006 we had an extensive email exchange. Here are just a few of the interesting things that Larry had to say to me:

"Chris we pray for your recovery from same sex attraction everyday."

"I pray that they do not find a "gay Gene" or most gay people will be aborted."

"You might have a homosexual inclination or be bi-sexual BUT you choose to be gay and celebrate your sexuality. Its not okay and never will be."

"Black people are born that way and Gay people to choose to act that way."

"What about celibate instead of celebrate?"

"Jim McGreevey and many others are bisexual or tri-sexual (try anything once, twice if I like it) Its behavior, a choice. There are lots of former homosexuals and lots of people with same- sex attraction that are celibate.

There are no "former" black people except maybe, Michael Jackson."

Larry Cirignano

This is from the man who shoved a woman to the ground because he did not like her message. This is completely unacceptable.

Call Catholic Citizenship and let them know how disgusted you are in the actions of their president. Then call VoteOnMarriage and express your outrage with one of their leaders.

Catholic Citizenship
(617) 755-7668

(617) 795-2667


At 10:46 PM, Blogger pdmt99 said...

I spoke with Cirignano after the rally and asked him his side of what happened, “That lady came up to the podium and I escorted her back into the audience.” Given what had transpired, I followed-up to make sure I heard correctly, “Escorted?”, “Yes, escorted”, he replied. Asked if he felt he assaulted her he shot back without hesitation, “Hell, no!” adding,“She’s an actress, she’s a professional actress.”

I have photos of the police interviewing Cirignano after the assault, as well as the rest of the rally and demonstration.

FYI, others have not covered this, but Sarah Loy who was assaulted is a member of the Board of Directors of the Worcester Chapter of the ACLU.


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