The first Lithuanian gay pride parade went forward this Saturday after an appeals court overturned the original ban a lower court had made against it. The parade had been outlawed out of concern that anti-gay groups would cause violence but the new court decision ruled that the state must protect the right to peaceful assembly. This makes a lot more sense than having a marginalized community be punished in advance for the hate crimes others might perpetrate against them... Hundreds of police officers provided protection during the parade, keeping more than a 1000 protesters away from the marchers. 12 people were arrested.