More than 5000 revellers took part in the Bucharest Gay Pride in the Romanian captial on Saturday. The theme for this year's event was for more rights and acceptance. The star of this year's show was a Romanian who mounted a successful challenge over his country's refusal to give his American husband residency. Adrian Coman said he was relieved by the European Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday that said Romania must grant his husband, Claibourne Hamilton, residency rights even though it does not recognise same-sex marriage. "I'm finally very happy that we're together," Coman said.
The capitals of Poland and Romania hosted festive gay pride parades that attracted thousands of people Saturday, as emboldened participants vowed to keep pushing for the eventual freedom to marry the person of their choice. A party-like atmosphere prevailed at the parade in Warsaw as people waved rainbow flags and danced. Some had signs and T-shirts with messages of tolerance or sass, including one of Russian President Vladimir Putin holding a rainbow. The celebratory mood could not be subjugated even though same-sex marriage has no real chance of being legalized under Poland's current conservative government. "The worse the political atmosphere, the better the atmosphere at the parade," observed Michal Niepielski, 55, a radio technician from Krakow.