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Gay Event Canceled Because of Good Friday

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A disco-themed gay event scheduled for Good Friday at a community hall in the United Kingdom has been canceled over concerns that the timing would offend Christians.

According to ThisIsCornwall.co.uk, organizer Jason Hudson booked an event called Gay Pride Productions for April 2 at the charity-run Miners' and Mechanics' Institute in the village of St. Agnes in Cornwall.

"Mr. Hudson, who hoped to run regular dance nights in the hall, said he was initially told he could use the venue but the booking was then cancelled by the chairman of the committee who said it was 'unsuitable' for the hall."

Hudson objected, and eventually heard that the event showed "bad timing" given the Christian holiday of Good Friday.

MMI chairwoman Dawn Brown acknowledged as much in a statement, according to the website.

"I admit I had personal reservations as the date is Good Friday," said Brown. "Although the strict licensing hours which applied on Good Friday have been relaxed in our increasingly secular society, the sensitivities remain, and St. Agnes has a large and active Christian community whom I would not wish to upset."

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