Gay pride rally derailed in Georgia

  • Associated Press
  • May 17, 2013 - 5:46 AM

TBILISI, Georgia - A gay pride parade in Georgia's capital had to be abandoned before it could start after several thousand anti-gay activists occupied the street where it was to be held.

Police in Tbilisi guarded several dozen gay activists and bused them out of the city center Friday afternoon after anti-gay protesters had clogged Rustaveli Street.

Protesters, who included Orthodox priests, insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia's traditional Orthodox Christian values.

Authorities in Georgia had given the green light to the gay parade, saying that all Georgian citizens irrespective of their sexuality are entitled to voice their views in public.

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