2013-05-14 14:07:00

Ivanishvili says will protect gays, refuses to discuss possibility of same-sex "marriages"

Tbilisi, May 14, Interfax - Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has promised to defend the rights of sexual minorities and ensure their security during a rally in Tbilisi.

Georgian police will protect rally participants from being attacked, Ivanishvili told reporters on Tuesday.

Two rallies will be held in Tbilisi on May 17. The LGBT community intends to march on Rustaveli Avenue and then hold a rally in front of the former parliament building. The other rally called Defend Morals will be held simultaneously 50 meters away and Defend Morals participants intend to protest against the rally of sexual minorities with peaceful means.

"Sexual minorities of Georgia have the same rights as any other group in any democratic state," Ivanishvili said.

At the same time, the Georgian prime minister said that Georgian society does have groups that do not accept sexual minorities.

Ivanishvili declined to reveal his stance on same-sex "marriages". "Our society does not have this issue and I think there is no need to consider this issue now. I'm a French citizen and I was there when the issue of same-sex marriages was discussed and it almost divided the society of this country into two parts," Ivanishvili said.