Gay rights group worries about Catholic influence

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transsexual, and Intersexual (LGBTI) activists are petitioning the government to establish clear regulations regarding LGBTI rights and equal standing established under the Ecuadorian Constitution. Wilmer Gonzalez, coordinator, Siluets X, a gay rights organization in Cuenca, explained that a secular state is independent of any religious influence and has no ties to any religious organization and that this independence is addressed in the constitution.  However, Gonzalez worries that the Catholic church still holds considerable sway over legislation regarding gay rights. He is concerned that civil rights issues such as abortion are thwarted by groups such as the protest…

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