A Kiev court has banned what would have been Ukraine’s first gay pride event, claiming it would disrupt annual Kiev Day celebrations.
Gay rights activists had planned to hold an Equality March on Saturday but opponents led by the Orthodox Church objected.
Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko of the of Ukrainian Orthodox Church gave the Church’s grounds for complaint:
“This would not have been a chance to defend rights, rather it was propaganda for sin and sodomy. For the Church this is a reason to speak out, not only about the sins of minorities, but also about those of the majority.”
Last year the gay pride rally was called off after scores of skinheads arrived near its planned location threatening violence against any homosexual who turned up.
“Any gay or lesbian, if they come out in Ukraine, in a sense they are heroes of our time, since to be openly gay or lesbian is very difficult when such total homophobia exists in our country,” said gay rights activist Danil Los.
The organisers of the march say they have now been given permission to hold an event in a different format away from the city centre but might just limit themselves to holding a press conference on the banning of the rally.