UK    CATHOLIC WOMEN OPPOSE MEN KISSING IN PUBLIC
British government plans to lift the ban on men kissing in public have been opposed by a Catholic women's group.
   The proposal is part of the package of sex law reforms which was announced earlier this week.
   While the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) welcomed the "long overdue" changes which would protect men from rape, it remains opposed to proposals which would allow men to kiss in public -- currently considered an act of indecency.
   NBCW President, Freda Lambert, told The Universe newspaper: "We do not oppose homosexuality, but men kissing in public is a homosexual practice and we do oppose it. It would make us feel uncomfortable."
   Valerie Ritches of Family Education Trust said that lifting the ban was "part of the homosexual agenda" of a powerful gay rights lobby. She added: "There comes a time when tolerance ceases to be a virtue."
   The National Board of Catholic Women represents 32 Catholic women's organisations and women from 23 dioceses in England & Wales.
   
CWN
30/5/00

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