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Court Allows Budapest Gay Pride March

Court Allows Budapest Gay Pride March


A Budapest court has green-lighted the city's upcoming gay pride march, overruling a police decision last week denying permission to event organizers who wanted to extend the route to the parliament building.

Pink News reports that Budapest police had banned the June 18 celebration due to "traffic concerns," though pride organizers claimed the decision was politically motivated.

But the city's Metropolitan Court reversed that decision, siding with the Rainbow Mission Foundation, an LGBT group.

"The court's decision was a victory not only for the community of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, but for the right of all Hungarians to freedom of assembly," said Boris Dittrich of Human Rights Watch in New York.

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