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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Reiterates Opposition to Gay Parades

APLuzhkov on a demonstrator's poster
Mayor Yury Luzhkov on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to gay-pride parades in Moscow.

"The issue is not about discrimination or persecution, but it does concern propaganda," Luzhkov said. "Homosexual propaganda is unacceptable in Moscow because most in society do not accept the practices of this untraditional sexual orientation."

Speaking at a meeting of big-city mayors, Luzhkov was greeted with a wave of criticism from mayors and protesters alike.

The meeting included mayors from Berlin, Paris, London and Beijing.

Luzhkov has repeatedly vowed to make sure that no gay parades or other gay-rights events are held in the capital.

He has even referred to such parades as "satanic."

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe criticized Luzhkov's stance. "The discrimination of sexual minorities is unjustifiable," Delanoe said, Interfax reported.

A gay-pride parade last year in Moscow was disrupted by ultranationalists and Orthodox Church activists and included a handful of violent incidents.

City officials had barred organizers from holding the parade.