2010-05-31 10:01:00

Russian Church supports ban on gay pride parade

Kronstadt, Leningrad region, May 31, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church welcomes solidarity between the government and society in rejecting sex minorities' attempts to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow.

"The Moscow city government's ban [on a gay pride parade] is based on full solidarity between the authorities and public opinion," Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Information Department, told Interfax-Religion.

This public opinion has been expressed "many times and in various forms" and suggests "open rejection by the entire society of this fringe position" that the sexual minorities are trying to declare by holding their action and which "has deserved absolutely unambiguous moral evaluation," Legoyda said.

The attempts to hold a gay pride parade in Moscow are "among actions challenging traditional values, on the basis of which our society has been built, and the values of traditional religions, which view people's deeds in the categories of sin and virtue," he said.

"This is just another attempt to erode the clear borderlines between the good and the evil," he said.

Members of various the Moscow Muslim Ummah, some Protestant and Buddhist organizations, spoke against sexual minorities' plans to hold demonstrations in Moscow.

The organizers of a Moscow gay pride parade claimed that they had marched along Leningradsky Avenue from the Belorusskaya to the Dynamo subway station on Saturday and none of the marchers was detained.

About 30 activists were taking part in the march, among them European Parliament members from Germany and guests from the U.S.

Police appeared at the scene of the unsanctioned march ten minutes after it started.