2010-07-02 10:00:00

Moscow City Court upholds court ruling against gay pride parade organizers

Moscow, July 2, Interfax - The Moscow City Court has rejected the lawsuit filed by representatives of the sexual minorities' community against Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Representatives of sexual minorities are planning to appeal this judgment with the European Court of Human Rights. "We will study the court ruling and then make the decision to send a complaint to the ECHR," Moscow gay pride parade organizer Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax.

Gay activists demanded to compel the Moscow mayor to apologize to the plaintiffs for his offensive statements about gays and to pay one kopeck in damages.

The lawsuit was prompted by Luzhkov's statements made on television in early June 2009. The Moscow mayor said at the time that there were two reasons why gay pride parades will not be held in Moscow, one of which is "social morality." "Our morally healthy society does not accept all these faggots," the mayor said.

"The word 'faggot' has a clearly negative connotation and is offensive for homosexual people," Alexeyev said.

Last October the Tverskoy Court of Moscow rejected the lawsuit filed by gay community representatives against Luzhkov.