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18 Jun 2015

South Korea court rules gay pride parade can go ahead

South Korea's gay pride organizers have won a court battle against police ruling that blocked parade later this month

On Tuesday the Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of gay pride organizers, invalidating a police ban on the parade imposed last month.

The police had ruled to disallow the parade due to fears of conflict with conservative christian groups.

The parade will now take place on June 28, wrapping up the three-week festival celebrating sexual minorities. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend.

"Assemblies can be prohibited only when they directly threaten public order," the court said in a statement. It also noted that the organizers of the annual parade had long been preparing for the event and therefore would suffer great damage should the event be scrapped.

"We welcome the decision," Mr Kang Myeong Jin, chief of the Korea Queer Culture Festival told journalists. "The court has sent a message to the public that sexual minorities should also be guaranteed rights to speech as a member of a democratic society."

The Korean Queer Culture Festival is now in its 15th year and has been growing in size and popularity. However, critics have also been increasing and last year christian activists lay down in the street to halt the march.

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-06-18 21:16  
2. 2015-06-18 23:56  
such slow progress!
maybe things will improve by the year 2099.
3. 2015-06-19 09:12  
Well done, that Judge and good luck to the festival.
Just step over the christians lying in the street to block your way and show them that love triumphs over hate.
Their jesus would be ashamed of them.
4. 2015-06-19 09:21  
Walk over the Christians I say!!

We been walked on and killed for too long by religious zelots.
5. 2015-06-19 12:00  
That's a pleasant surprise...i've read about how Seoul pride was stopped by the police and christian zealots earlier and nearly thought democracy had died in S Korea. Turns out it didn't...cool. :)
Comment edited on 2015-06-19 12:59:12
6. 2015-06-19 14:10  
Why am I always right?

I hope the sub minority idiot gays don't spoil things

Tolerance is the key
7. 2015-06-19 22:38  
gays and straights are Humans right?

someone correct me if im wrong?
Comment #8 was deleted by its author on 2015-06-20 14:55
Comment #9 was deleted by its author on 2015-06-20 15:04
10. 2015-06-20 15:03  
The trouble of the world is that the stupid are cock-sure,while the intelligent are full of doubt. Much as we detest religious zealots, we don't snoop around their community forums taking cheap shots at their believers??? If the Seoul Pride incident is anything to go by it only proves that tolerance goes both ways. Why should we be tolerant of those who are intolerant of us?
Comment edited on 2015-06-20 15:32:14
11. 2015-06-21 06:00  
"Why should we be tolerant of those who are intolerant of us?"

So, you don't tolerate them, and they ask the same question. The sides are drawn and the conflict is defined and continues forever.

I'm a patient guy and a realist.

12. 2015-06-29 00:23  
Go korea! I love koreans!
Comment #13 was deleted by its author on 2015-07-18 00:10
14. 2015-07-18 00:16  
When I say I don't tolerate christian bigots, I mean I don't tolerate christian bigots, NOT Christianity or Christians per se...that's a VERY BIG difference.

Strange that it's often those who fancy themselves superior in intellect to others that requires explicit explanation over the simplest stuff. Life is ironic huh? ;)
Comment edited on 2015-07-18 01:13:37

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