Moscow court upholds gay Pride ban for next 100 years

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A Moscow court on Aug. 17 upheld a ban against gay Pride parades for the next century.

The ruling from the city court affirms a Moscow law banning public LGBT gatherings from March 2012 until May 2112, according to the BBC’s website.

An appeal is expected, first to a higher court in Russia and then possibly to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Council of Europe has sided with Russian gay rights advocates in the past, including issuing a finding that the city had discriminated based on sexual orientation by banning Pride parades from 2006-2008.

In September, the council will examine Russia's response to a previous European Court ruling on gay rights.

AllOut.org, a gay rights group, condemned the law and also the silence of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In related news, AP reported that a Moscow judge on Aug. 17 sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison on hooliganism charges following a trial seen around the world as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

The trial inspired a wave of small but raucous protests across Europe and North America in support of the feminist rockers, who have been dubbed prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International.

Hundreds of Pussy Riot supporters waiting outside the Moscow courtroom chanted "down with the police state" when the sentence was announced. Dozens were detained, including several opposition leaders.