Hundreds of Dutch activists walked out of Mass today protesting the Roman Catholic policy of denying the Eucharist to practicing homosexuals.
The dispute began when a priest refused to commune an openly gay man earlier this month.
This dispute began during Dutch carnival celebrations earlier in February, when the man chosen to be carnival prince in nearby Reusel was refused communion because of his open homosexuality.
The refusal offended many in the local community.
Most people in the Netherlands support gay rights and the Netherlands was the first country to introduce gay marriages in 2001.
Several hundred demonstrators, dressed in pink wigs and clothes, left the church in protest.
I bet that was a sight to see.
The man at the centre of the row has said he just wants equal treatment – if he is regarded as a sinner, he wants the priest to refuse communion to all other sinners too.
I had a good chuckle when I read this as this can be seen as a valid point.
What are your thoughts on the issue? I realize this is a hot button issue and I will keep an eye on the comments to make sure they do not go too far off topic.
The original article from BBC News can be read here.