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Delfi - Lithuania | Monday, July 15, 2013

No triumph for Lithuanian gay community

The administrative court in Vilnius ruled at the beginning of the month that the gay parade on July 27 could take place along the main thoroughfare of the Lithuanian capital. The appeal lodged by the local government was also overturned. But the Delfi portal sees little cause for celebration among the gay community: "Local government suffered a defeat at the hands of the Gay League. There was a similar situation three years ago when officials and politicians tried to take legal action to block the first parade. In vain. One would have thought that this might be an hour of triumph for homosexuality. But was it? A host of questions remain unanswered. ... Will the lives of ordinary gays, lesbians and other sexual minorities change in any way? How does it feel to be allowed onto the streets only after fighting for permission to do so in court, having enlisted the services of a top lawyer?"

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