Expatica News, January 26, 2004
BRUSSELS – One of Belgium's leading civil rights groups has announced it intends to sue Belgian cardinal Gustaaf Joos for violating the country's anti-discrimination laws.
Joos said in a recent magazine interview that he believed that 90-95 percent of gay people were “sexual perverts” and that the remainder needed help.
The Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight Against Racism (CEOFAR), which receives government funding, said that it had decided to sue the cardinal because it found his views “unacceptable”.
The organisation argued that in its opinion, such statements were illegal in Belgium, which has tough anti-discrimination laws.
CEOFAR added that it was suing Joos alone, not the Roman Catholic church.