Russian Judge Upholds 100-Year Ban On Gay Pride Parades

A judge in Russia upheld the Moscow city council’s 100-year ban on all gay pride parades on Friday, rejecting a gay rights activist’s request that such parades be protected. Despite the fact that the European Court of Human Rights told Russia to pay the complainant damages, the judge ruled the opposite, concurring with the city council’s assertion that “the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event.” Nikolay Alexeyev, the activist who led the lawsuit, says he will return to the Human Rights court to ask them to condemn the judge’s decision.