The Washington Post

Serbian church leader supports ban of LGBTQ event:


The head of Serbia’s powerful Orthodox Church is supporting a ban on a pan-european LGBTQ event scheduled to take place in Belgrade next week, saying that the topic has been “artificial­ly imposed” and threatens traditiona­l values in the Balkan country. The special video statement by Patriarch Porfirije comes amid a heated debate in Serbia and mounting internatio­nal criticism over the authoritie­s’ announceme­nt that the Sept. 12-18 Europride events are canceled because of threats of violence from right-wing extremists.

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