Vatican Shuts Down Art Opening Featuring Gay Couples Kissing In Cathedrals

A gallery in Rome has removed photographs of same-sex couples kissing in churches after the Vatican threatened legal action.

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Vicariate spokesman Claudio Tanturri told The Local the photos infringed upon "the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith."

Italian constitutional law safeguards an individual's religious feeling and the function of places of worship. Therefore photos that are not suitable and do not conform to the spirituality of the place offend and infringe upon the advancement of man in the particular place for the expression of faith.

After receiving the letter and speaking with lawyers, Orquín covered the photos for "security reasons."

Gonzalo Orquín

Orquín, who is openly gay himself and has lived in Rome for nearly eight years, said he finds Italy to be “a very homophobic county”.

Until the gallery’s lawyers and the Vatican come to an agreement over the series, they will remain covered.

Gonzalo Orquín

Orquín has heard from many organizations around the world saying they would gladly show his art and take on the Church’s threats.

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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