2014-04-09 10:13:00

Kostroma authorities to appeal court ruling over illegality of gay pride parade ban

Kostroma, April 9, Interfax - The administration of the city of Kostroma is going to file an appeal with the Russian Supreme Court against a ruling by the Kostroma regional court over the illegality of the authorities' ban on gay pride parades and two rallies in the regional center.

"We are planning to appeal the court ruling. Since it was made recently, we have not filed all the necessary documents yet," Kostroma administration spokeswoman Yuliya Vorontsova told Interfax.

Last June the LGBT community was planning to hold two rallies and a gay pride parade in Kostroma against a local law banning propaganda of homosexual relations among children.

The regional center's authorities banned the events because, they said, the participants intended to promote homosexual relations, and police would be unable to ensure their safety. The authorities also claimed that the administration had received letters from angry citizens who were against the rallies and the parade.

On April 4, 2014, the presidium of the Kostroma regional court ruled that the decision cancelling the two rallies and the gay pride parade in the regional center was illegal.

The court thus overturned a ruling by Kostroma's Sverdlovsk District court and an appellate resolution by the Kostroma regional court, which upheld the legality of the city administration's ban.