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Moscow court to hear gay parade ban appeal Sept. 19

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow City Court will consider on September 19 an appeal against a court ruling to ban a gay pride parade in the capital May, a court source said Tuesday.

On May 26, Moscow's Tverskoi district court upheld a Moscow government resolution prohibiting the march, which was scheduled for the next day, as opposition to the planned event was strong in Russia, especially from the Russian Orthodox Church and other religious leaders.

"The court has fixed hearings of the appeal against the Tverskoi's court decision for September 19," the source said.

Despite the ban about 200 people took to the streets on May 27 in an unsanctioned demonstration to mark the 13th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalized in Russia.

The attempt resulted in violent clashes between sexual minorities and their opponents - representatives of a number of political parties, religious and radical movements - and the detention of some 120 people from both sides, most of whom were later released.

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