Brussels, Belgium, Jul 5, 2007 / 09:12 am
Belgian homosexual activists have brought charges against Bishop André-Mutien Léonard of Namur for homophobia.
Homophobia is a criminal offence in Belgium since the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2003.
In an April interview for the weekly Télé Moustique, the bishop is said to have described homosexuals as “abnormal” people.
According to Michel Graindorge, the lawyer for the homosexual activists, the bishop intended to “stigmatize” homosexuals, whose “identity and dignity is debased from the moment that the bishop considers them to be abnormal,” reported the Brussels Journal.