Baltic activists parade for gay lesbian rights

first_imgRIGA, Latvia (AP) – Several hundred activists from the Baltic states and neighboring countries braved rain and hail to participate in an annual parade in defense of gay and lesbian rights in Latvia.The march took place in a commercial district in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, amid heavy police presence. Previous gay pride parades in the Baltics have been marred by violence on the part of protesters.U.S. diplomats who took part in the Saturday event stressed the fundamental importance of equal rights and freedom of expression and urged participants to keep battling for their cause. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Like other former Soviet republics, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have largely proven to be intolerant toward gays and lesbians despite having joined the European Union in 2004.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more