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Serb Official Charged for Anti-Gay Comments

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BELGRADE, Serbia – A Serbian court has charged a ruling coalition politician with discrimination because he referred to homosexuality as an illness.

The Belgrade court on Wednesday warned Dragan Markovic–the mayor of the central Serbian city of Jagodin–not to repeat the offense and ordered him to pay trial costs.

Markovic is a member of the ruling democratic coalition. He has openly opposed the holding of pride events in Serbia.

The court ruled according to anti-discrimination laws, which are part of a pro-EU reform package.

Gays often complain of harassment in the predominantly conservative Balkan country.

A pride event was canceled this year because of threats from extremists, while last year’s march led to clashes that left more than 100 people injured.

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