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Push Comes to Shove Over Marriage

I spotted this in a Daily Kos diary over the weekend, but didn’t get to post about until today, and now it’s broken out all over the blogosphere. It looks like a speaker at an anti-gay marriage rally in Massachusetts — actually, the guy who heads up a group called Catholic Citizenship — violently attacked a female counter protester.

Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green “Let the People Vote” signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.” Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.

“It was definitely assault and battery,” said Ronal C. Madnick, director of the Worcester County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Police interviewed Mr. Madnick and several others moments after the incident.

As Ms. Loy lay motionless on the ground, crying, Mr. Cirignano ran back behind the lectern, where moments before he had opened the afternoon rally by leading a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Even the unpleasantness in Provincetown, over the outing of anti-gay marriage petition signers, didn’t get quite this ugly. When things get to this point, is it safe to say they’ve run out of arguments?

Cirignano claims Ms. Loy was getting dangerously close to the lectern. I’m not sure what he thought she was going to do, but I think Cirignano ought to be charged with assault and battery, at least.


  1. in a cruel twist of placement, you appear in the dcblogs live feed above this entry:

    aptly titled blog, i’d say.

  2. So, does this gentleman tell his children to “Use your words, not your fists”?

    Jesus H. Christ, I’m glad I wasn’t there, I can see two ways I would have reacted:

    As a bystander, grabbing the instigator, knocking him to the ground, and sitting on him with his arm in a lock until the police came to arrest him, or

    As the assaulted, taking him to the ground with me, ending in aforementioned arm lock.