Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Out Bugs Bunny

Group finds unique way to protest court ruling

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, May 28, 2009  |  Updated 10:08 AM CDT
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Prop. 8 Protestors Chalk Out Hollywood Stars

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Elton John may be married but was he married in the state of California before Prop. 8 was passed?

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Leave it to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to find a fashionable way to protest Tuesday's decision to uphold Proposition 8.

The Los Angeles sisters (sorry we couldn't think of a better word) of the famed San Francisco group of drag queen nuns, took to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles Tuesday night to "chalk out" the stars of some of Hollywood's brightest stars.

The sisters took to the streets in protest of Tuesday's California Supreme Court decision to uphold the voter approved proposition that eliminates the right of same-sex couples to wed.

The court also ruled that the marriages that did occur before the proposition was passed are still legal. An estimated 18,000 same-sex couples tied the knot before the law was outed.

On Tuesday night the Los Angeles group, which started in 1995, asked supporters to write chalk messages on the pavement in support of gay marriage.

Things like "Walt Disney was a tranny," "Elton John is gay married" and "Queen Latifah is out" wound up on Hollywood's famed sidewalk stars.

"We were invited to write 'I Do' and other pro-gay sentiments onto the pavement at the intersection of Hollywood & Highland," San Francisco-based artist and performer Matt Cornell wrote on his blog My Own Private Guantanamo. "Me and some friends took our chalk and made a few extra editorials on the walk back to the Metro station."

"The Sisters handed out the chalk for protesters to write pro-gay messages on the street, but none of them actually had anything to do with writing on the stars," Cornell said.

No strangers to controversy, the SPI were declared heretics by the Vatican after the papal visited San Francisco in 1987.

That put them in the same company as such luminaries as Joan of Arc, Galileo, and Martin Luther. We're not sure their actions on Tuesday night will help the new pope see them in a better light.

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