Moscow government to ban 'gay parade' during May holidays

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Moscow, Apr 24 (UNI) The Moscow government will ban all attempts to hold unsanctioned gay parade during the May holidays.

''The Russian capital's authorities will not permit unauthorised actions by sexual minorities in Moscow scheduled for May 1 and 2,'' the City Hall press service said in a statement today.

The authorities would block all attempts to hold such events ''as society's absolute majority does not accept gay lifestyles or their philosophy,'' the statement added.

Moscow authorities rejected official applications by Gay Parade organisers in 2006 and 2007 for permission to march, on the grounds that it would interfere with the rights and everyday lives of ordinary Muscovites.

Moscow's Mayor Yury Luzhkov last year described 'Gay Pride' parades as ''Satanic'' and vowed they would never be permitted in the capital. Russian Orthodox Church has also been opposing gay parades.

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