Gay Trippers Barred From Montenegro Churches
The churches of St Nicholas and St Luke's in the Montenegrin coastal town of Kotor were closed from 1pm to 5pm on Monday, as a group of 2,500 gays from all over the world visited Kotor on a Mediterranean cruise.
Both churches belong to the Serbian Orthodox Church, which takes a firm line in opposing all public manifestations of homosexuality.
On the doors of the church of St Nicholas visitors could only see a paper stating that the church would be “urgently closed between 1pm and 5pm”.
The cruiser, the Celebrity Silhouette, reached Kotor from Dubrovnik in Croatia carrying 2,456 travellers who were taking part in an “all-gay cruise” trip from Venice to Corsica.
Although the visitors could not see the Serbian churches in Kotor’s old town, they suffered no other reported inconveniences.