Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov initially did not approve a Gay Pride march because local Muslim, Christian, and Jewish groups all threatened violence to varying degrees. Rather than try to resolve the conflict through negotiation, the mayor thought it easier just to sideline the gays and ban their march. Moscow’s Tverskoy court has sided with the mayor and the march will not happen unless gay organizers put together an illegal march, which they have been promising.
We are sad that the Pride participants may have to march without police protection and may even be subject to police violence in addition to whatever trouble the religious protestors might cause. Perhaps if the mayor weren’t so spineless then the whole situation could be avoided, because right now he only thinks he is avoiding trouble when in fact he is creating a climate where something far worse could happen.
Court Bans Moscow Gay Pride [MosNews]