26 May 2006, 15:50
Luzhkov: as long as I am mayor there will be no gay parades in Moscow
Moscow, May 26, Interfax - Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has stated that on no account he will permit a gay parade in the capital.
‘We will not even consider this matter. We will not give our consent. At least as long as I am mayor, we will not permit such parades’, Luzhkov said speaking in a live broadcast on Russkoye Radio.
The mayor stressed that all leading religious organizations have spoken against the gay parade.
‘Our Church, Mosque and Synagogue, that is to say, all the three major confessions in Moscow have spoken strongly against such parades’, Luzhkov said.
He stressed that such event as a gay parade is unacceptable in the capital. ‘The situation as such can be acceptable for some Western countries advanced in this respect, but it is absolute unacceptable for Moscow and for Russia’, he said.
The mayor explained that in making the decision to ban the march of sexual minorities, he was motivated by moral norms.
‘Morality works here. If one has any deviations from normal principles in organizing one’s sexual life, these deviations should not be exhibited for all to see and those who may turn out unsteady should not be invited’, Luzhkov said.
The mayor thanked the Muscovites as most of them he said supported the decision to ban the gay parade. ‘I thank the Muscovites as 99,9 in repented period percent of them also believe it unacceptable to hold such parades’, Mayor Luzhkov said.