German man cited for celebrating gay neighbor's death

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 13 2003 12:00 AM ET

According to court documents, a German pensioner has been fined after setting off fireworks and singing in celebration of the death of a gay neighbor. The pensioner, 63, was convicted of defamation and of maligning the memory of the dead. He was fined 2,700 Euros ($3,110) by the court in the western town of Lauterbach. The man displayed his jubilation as the neighbor's corpse was carried from his home in a coffin. The pensioner had reportedly shown intolerance toward his gay neighbors in the past and had often fought with them, the court said.

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