Monday, May 26, 2008

Romania: Hundreds attend gay march amid heavy security

© AP
2008-05-24 20:16:38 -

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Hundreds of gays and lesbians have marched through Bucharest in a show of pride.

Thousands of people gathered along the two-mile (three-kilometer) route. Some spectators cheered; others cheered.

Hundreds of police patrolled the march. The atmosphere was tense but there were no reports of arrests. At a similar event last year, about 140 people were arrested.

Earlier Saturday, supporters of the New Right anti-gay movement marched to protest homosexuality.

The Romanian Orthodox Church, the dominant church in the country, opposes homosexuality. But the government decriminalized homosexuality in 2001.


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