Several well-known Slovak personalities wrote a joint letter to 20 foreign diplomats criticising them for supporting the demands of non-heterosexuals prior to the second Gay Pride event in Slovakia last weekend, the TASR newswire reported. Among the signatories were lawyer Ján Čarnogurský (former Prime Minister 1991-92 and Justice Minister 1998-2002), actor Štefan Bučko, conservative journalist Eugen Korda, OKS (Civic Conservative Party) MP Peter Osuský, activist Jana-Ray Tutková and others.
"Your support for these demands is surprising and we don't consider it to be propitious. By supporting them, you have intervened in an internal political debate in Slovakia and went beyond your diplomatic role," states the letter, as quoted by TASR.
The authors of the letter state that the demands raised by the Gay Pride organisers exceed the legislative framework of many countries from which the ambassadors in question come.
"Slovakia, as well as some of your countries, has had its share of bad experiences with ideologies that staked a claim for universal validity – considering themselves to be progressive – only to turn out later to be a one-way street," the letter states.
The second Rainbow Pride parade in Slovak history was held on June 4 in Bratislava. The march, attended by some 1,500 people, was focused on the rights of non-heterosexuals and enjoyed the support of foreign diplomats but also saw protesters. To read more about the event, please go to Rainbow Pride 2011 event ends with organisers praising police work and Walking with pride, once again .
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jun 2011 at 10:00