They went to great lengths, including contacting the local church's superiors in Moscow, other Orthodox churches and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. Claiming concern for the Moscow Patriarchate's outpost in the Castro district, one of the gayest neighborhoods in the world, several Russian religious and political leaders traveled to San Francisco.
All because a few dozen peaceful activists declared our intention to stage a simple picket and exercise our freedom to assemble and freedom of speech rights on a public sidewalk.
One thing these Russians omit is our efforts via email and voice mail to have a conversation with them. None of our messages received a reply.
I am fascinated at how these Orthodox leaders use the politically correct term LGBT and not the more generic word gay. Maybe once they calm down they will consider responding to our requests for dialogue, or chat with other LGBT advocates and the gay and straight press.
Excerpts from the statement at the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia web site:
Clergymen and laity of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia responded to an LGBT protest with joint prayers.