Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Vigil for Peace and Reconciliation

In response to the violence perpetrated by Larry Cirignano, Executive Director of Catholic Citizenship against pro-marriage equality demonstrator Sarah Loy, The Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and The Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry are co-sponsoring a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, January 10th.

The tentative plan is to gather at Copley Square, and process to the offices of Catholic Citizenship at 198 Tremont Street in Boston.

The invitation I received goes on to say:
There will be a call to dialogue to anti-marriage activists in Catholic Citizenship, the Catholic League, and the Archdiocese of Boston, as we seek to move beyond the bitter and divisive debate over the proposed ban on same-sex marriage that has raged for over 3 years now. We seek to affirm peace, tolerance and mutual respect for all citizens of the Commonwealth. The tone will be respectful as we seek to dispel the anger and aggressiveness that culminated in the violence in Worcester on Saturday.

There is more news about "ShoveGate", as a reporter from Bay Windows refereed to the scandal now surrounding
Larry Cirignano, over at KnowThyNeighbor. Edge Boston is reporting that Cirignano admitted to police that he did push Loy to the ground. "He pushed her down and he admits that as well," said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst of the Worcester Police Department.

Interesting because in the Boston Globe Cirignano is quoted as saying,
"I promise you, I did not throw her to the ground." The Globe article states:
Cirignano acknowledged guiding the woman away from the event with his arm on her back, but said he had a portfolio in his left hand and did not knock her down. He said he did not see her fall.

Now we see that Larry Cirignano not only pushed a woman to the ground, but also lied about doing it. Is this the man the members of Catholic Citizens want as their leader? I doubt it. It is time for Larry Cirignano to resign.


At 8:45 PM, Blogger bostonph said...

Sadly and predictably, MassResistance is denying the incident happened at all:

In probably the most outrageous display of harassment and intimidation, an ACLU Board member who staged an ugly disruption of a peaceful pro-marriage rally this past Saturday morning is now following it up with an attempt to bring formal assault charges against Larry Cirignano, Executive Director of Catholic Vote. The alleged "assault" appears to have been also staged for the purpose of bringing forth the charges.



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