Serbia weighs allowing gay parade

Sept. 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Allowing homosexuals to march through Belgrade will boost Serbia's reputation as a democratic country, the minister of health says.

"Anybody who has the need to express any form of dissatisfaction, including the walk around the city, should be allowed to do so in the democratic Belgrade," Health Minister Slavika Dukic-Dejanovic told Tanjug. "As far as I am concerned, I do not think that the gay parade is hurting Serbia's reputation. On the contrary."

The parade is scheduled for Oct. 6. Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has said a final decision on allowing it to proceed will be made soon.

Serbia is seeking membership in the European Union. Eduard Kukan, a member of the European Parliament involved in the process, said that allowing the gay pride parade isn't a requirement but would help speed Serbia's effort.

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