The administration of Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has rejected an application to hold a Gay Pride event in the city, marking the seventh consecutive rejection for gay rights advocates in Moscow.

The event, a May 27 march from the downtown Turgenevskya metro station to Revolution Square, was supposed to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the decriminalization of gay relations in Russia.

Gay activists have challenged previous rejections in the European Court of Human Rights. In 2010, the court agreed that such bans were illegal.

“We'll appeal in the Tverskoi court on Monday, we disagree with the refusal,” gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev told Ria Novosti. “We'll hold the rally in any case.”

Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov aggressively shut down any unauthorized pro-gay demonstrations, which he called “Satanic acts” and “one of the factors in the spread of HIV infection.”

Luzhkov's departure and Sobyanin's promise to respect the rule of law last year raised gay rights activists' expectations that authorities would finally allow a Gay Pride parade to be staged. However, they were disappointed when Sobyanin followed in his predecessor's footsteps.