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Several Bulgarian far-right parties are to stage a counter-rally against the Sofia Pride LGBT parade, scheduled for Saturday.
The anti-gay rights rally is scheduled to start at 10am Saturday in front of Sofia's National Palace of Culture, organized by Ataka, VMRO, Bulgarian National Union and several other more marginal far-right formations.
This year's Sofia Pride is to start at 4pm on the same day in front of Sofia's Soviet army monument.
Ataka MP Desislav Chukolov told reporters that his party wants all candidates for elected office in the country to be obliged to reveal their sexual orientation.
"Everyone should also have to say whether they are members of a secret Masonic order. These things should be made clear to all voters," he added.
In previous years, gay parades in the Balkan country have been marred by violent attacks on participants.
This year's event has already been overshadowed by homophobic statements from some clergy, which the governing Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has failed to distance itself from.
On the contrary, the Church remains firmly opposed to what it calls to "immoral manifestations," and has reavowed the conviction that homosexuality is "an unnatural lust which unconditionally harms both the personality of those who commit it and society as a whole."
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