Monday, May 24, 2010

200 take part in gay pride march in Romanian capital

By: The Associated Press


BUCHAREST, Romania - Some 200 people held a gay pride march through the Romanian capital despite calls by Orthodox Christian groups to say at home.

British Ambassador Robin Barnett and 11 other foreign embassies praised Saturday's march, held just hours after 100 anti-gay activists held a separate rally condemning homosexuality.

There were no clashes or scuffles as there have been in previous years.

More than 80 per cent of Romanians belong to the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Romania decriminalized homosexuality in 2000 under pressure from the European Union and the United States.

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