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Sun, 29 Jun, 2014 12:02:28 AM
FTimes-STT Report, June 29
Sexual and gender minorities at Pride Week held in Helsinki on Saturday. Photo – Lehtikuva.
A record number of people gathered at a procession and rally organised on Saturday by Helsinki Pride, a sexual minority group in demand of legalisation of same-sex marriage.
The police said about 20,000 people took part in the gathering held at Senate Square in the capital and brought out a procession from there which ended at Sinebrychoff Park. 
The number is almost double the number of participants in last year’s rally, said the police.
A top official of the Helsinki police, Pekka Kallio, said the programme was held peacefully without any public disturbance. 
The huge gathering may prompt lawmakers to re-think about the citizen initiative bill on same-sex marriage now under consideration in the parliament.
Photo – Lehtikuva.
Earlier, on June 25, the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee rejected the bill by 10-6 votes. A tight race was anticipated in the voting but, due to a number of absentees, the bill went down by a clear margin.
The committee decided to prepare a report to be presented before a full sitting of the parliament proposing dismissal of the bill.
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