by Rex Wockner
Czech President Vaclav Klaus said Aug. 4 that Prague city officials should not be supporting the gay pride parade.
“I do not feel pride in this event,” he wrote on his website. “Tolerating is one thing, giving public support on behalf of major institutions is something completely different. … We may respect homosexuality, but not homosexualism.”
Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda said Klaus’ feelings will not affect the city’s patronage of the Aug. 13 parade, which also has support from numerous foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.