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Thousands protest Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence outside Dodger Stadium hours before start of Pride Night

Several hours before the first pitch was thrown at the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Pride Night, a large group of protesters gathered outside the stadium gates.

The religious organization Catholics for Catholics, which has previously described The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as “Godless” and “Christ-mocking,” planned to travel to Dodger Stadium Friday in protest of the Dodgers’ decision to recognize the charity group.

Earlier this week, Catholics for Catholics announced its intention to hold a four-hour “prayerful procession” in the hours leading up to Friday’s game.

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The Sisters will receive the Community Hero Award during a pregame ceremony as part of the Dodgers’ Pride Night.

An article posted to the Catholics for Catholics‘ official website noted that everyone was “welcome to join” the protest.

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“After 27 years of activism and protests ourselves, including the ones fighting Proposition 8 for our right to marry the ones we love, we certainly cannot complain about our fellow Angelenos expressing their First Amendment rights,” the Sisters said in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times.

Anyone who was interested in attending Thursday’s protest was previously instructed to meet at a parking lot near Dodger Stadium.

People hold signs during a prayer service

People hold signs during a prayer service outside Dodger Stadium, Friday, June 16, 2023, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A little less than two hours before the start of the game, protesters began lining the sidewalks near the stadium and appeared to block one of the entrances to Dodger Stadium.

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