Georgian gay pride parade abandoned after several thousand anti-gay activists storm rally location

TBILISI, Georgia - A gay pride parade in Tbilisi, Georgia was abandoned before it began when several thousand anti-gay activists crowded the street where the rally was to be held.

Police in Tbilisi -- the nation’s capital -- guarded several dozen gay activists and bused them out of the city center Friday afternoon after anti-gay protesters clogged Rustaveli Street.

Protesters, who included Orthodox priests, insist that homosexuality runs against Georgia's traditional Orthodox Christian values.

Authorities in Georgia had given the green light to the gay parade, saying that all Georgian citizens, irrespective of their sexuality, are entitled to voice their views in public.

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