Gay pride ban overturned

Monday, June 27, 2005 | 
A gay pride parade will take place in Jerusalem this week as planned, after an Israeli court ruled that the city's ban on the event is unconstitutional. "The harming of the sensitivities of one community or another is not enough to prevent another community from fulfilling its rights to equality, respect and freedom of expression," wrote Jerusalem District Court Judge Musya Arad. Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mayor Uri Lupolianski banned the event on grounds that it would offend Jews, Moslems and Christians alike. All three religions regard homosexuality as an abomination. The court fined the mayor $6,500 out of his own pocket for trying to stop the gay parade.

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