By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
MOSCOW, April 26, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com)- The Moscow City government has made it clear that it will not tolerate the public promotion of sodomy during Labor Day celebrations on May 1st.
“The city authorities will act decisively, just as they have in years past, to impede those actions,” said Serguéi Tsoy, a spokesman for Moscow’s mayor, Yuri Luzhkov.
“The absolute majority in society rejects those demonstrations, as well as the gay lifestyle and philosophy,” Luzhkov added, and warned that if homosexuals took to the streets they could be injured by attackers, according to Interfax.
“Homosexuals intend to create disharmony to obstruct a historic celebration and impose its norms and creed on society,” he said.
Homosexual groups organized illegal demonstrations in 2006 and 2007, which they have used to create international pressure on Moscow to accede to their political agenda. They have appealed the Moscow government’s decision to ban such marches to the European court in Strasbourg.
But Luzhkov and the Moscow government haven’t budged. Luzhkov seems to have a particular devotion to opposing the promotion of sodomy. At a meeting in 2006 with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, Luzhkov reportedly called gay demonstrations “a satanic event”.
Homosexual organizer Nikolay Alexyev claims he will test the Moscow government’s resolve this year by organizing five marches a day during the entire month of May.