Tuesday May 25, 2010

Moscow Refuses Permit to “Gay Pride” Parade Organizers

Defies international gay lobby for fifth year in a row

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

MOSCOW, May 25, 2010 ( – For the fifth year in a row, the government of the city of Moscow has defied the international homosexual lobby and has refused to issue a permit for a “gay pride” parade.

Nokolai Alexeiv, the organizer of the event, said that the permit had been denied because of risks to public order, as well as security concerns.

Gay pride marches are often scenes of public lewdness, in which participants violate nudity laws and engage in simulated and even real sex acts in public. The mayor’s office has denounced homosexual behavior as “satanic” and said that it spreads disease.

The refusal of the Moscow government to permit homosexual marches has received the unambiguous support of the religious leadership in the city, Christian and non-Christian.

As they have in previous years, the homosexualist groups organizing the event threatened to file suit in a Moscow court, or even to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights. However, previous efforts to impose the march through the courts have failed.

Moscow has also come under pressure from the Council of Europe, which has denounced the city’s prohibition of such marches.

The rejection of the “gay pride” parade in Moscow follows a prohibition on a similar march scheduled for May 15 in Russia-aligned Belarus.

When 40 marchers decided to violate the law and took to the streets, the police arrested several and broke up the parade.

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Moscow Gay Pride Ban Rebuked by Council of Europe

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