International gay pride festival in Jerusalem postponed

Friday, May 06, 2005 | 
Under pressure from Jewish, Christian and Moslem religious leaders, defiant gays have finally agreed to postpone the controversial World Pride Festival planned for Jerusalem in August. The huge international gay festival brought a rare show of unity among Jewish, Christian and Moslem clerics who sought to prevent it, charging that it was an abomination in the Holy City. Ironically, the reason for the postponement was politics, not religion. The parade would coincide with Israel's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip, and the overburdened police would not have the manpower to provide security for the festival. (See the May edition of “israel today“ magazine for an in-depth report on the gay pride controversy.)

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