Lithuanian court to issue ruling in gay pride parade case on Tuesday

Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from The Lithuania Tribune:

The Chief Administrative Court of Lithuania on Monday heard the case of a gay pride parade, planned in Vilnius on the upcoming Saturday.

“The ruling has been postponed to 2 p.m. on Tuesday,” Neringa Lukoševičienė, spokeswoman for the court, told BNS.

The ruling will be final and binding.

The court held a written non-public hearing.

The court noted earlier that the dispute “concerns the freedom of association which is one of the fundamentals of a democratic society”.

The appeal was lodged by Vilnius authorities who disagree with the ruling of a court of lower instance, ordering them to allow the gay pride parade though Vilnius’ central Gediminas Avenue.

Vilnius Municipality suggests holding the gay pride parade on Upes Street a bit further from Vilnius centre. The organisers, however, want to march through Gediminas Avenue.

The organisers maintain that the march, which is held in many Western countries, is important in drawing public attention to the discrimination of sexual minorities and promote equality. Meanwhile, some critics in Lithuania say it “propagates homosexuality”.

The first gay pride parade in Lithuania took place in 2010, which was also preceded by court hearings on the march location and permission to hold it. The march itself took place eventually, with several hundred people marching through a heavily-guarded territory in the presence of around a thousand protesters.

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